Minnie Driver Jokes About Deportation After Flubbing National Anthem Lyrics


Back to England? Minnie Driver made jokes about getting deported from the United States on Sunday, June 7, after she flubbed the lyrics to the National Anthem.

The London-born star, who pursued an acting career stateside in her twenties and currently resides in California, grabbed a mic to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” at L.A.’s Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 6. Driver, 45, sang the patriotic tune before the Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals by a score of 5 to 1, but had her own failure with one of the lyrics.

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Showing off some impressive singing chops, the Good Will Hunting actress tripped over a line, belting, “O’er the ramparts we hailed, were so gallantly streaming,” instead of the traditional lyric, “O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming.”

“Gosh, I sang ‘hailed’ instead of ‘watched’ during the Nat Anthem last night,” she tweeted on Sunday, following the performance. “What can I say? I am an imperfect human being. I think that’s ok… For some reason I sang ‘o’er the ramparts we hailed…’ On the upside, I was in tune!!!! And my son had a blast.”

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Minnie Driver sings the National Anthem before the L.A. Dodgers baseball game on June 6, 2015 London Ent/Splash News

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Driver, who called the gig “nerve wracking” and a “truly memorable night,” did not seem too upset by the backlash she faced for the flub. She continued to tweet about the mistake, making jokes and standing by her earlier take that the opportunity was “amazing.”

The star, who is the mother to 6-year-old son Henry, even shared a tweet from a follower that read “So when are you being deported exactly?” and added, “I think in about half an hour…” 

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