George Clooney is well known for his sense of humor and his love for a good prank. Throughout his career, the Hollywood icon has played numerous pranks on his co-stars. But one of his most memorable pranks involved none other than Hollywood royalty, Meryl Streep, and his Ocean’s Eleven co-star, Brad Pitt which lead to the former avoiding Brad Pitt for years.
The Ultimate Prank War: George Clooney Takes on Brad Pitt and Meryl Streep
It all started when Brad Pitt decided to play a prank on George Clooney while they were filming Ocean’s Twelve in Italy. Pitt put up posters all around town saying Clooney demanded his fans in Italy call him Danny Ocean, the character from the films. HowardStern.com discussed what took place during their interview with Clooney according to Clooney’s reveal
“He’d put up posters all around town saying Clooney demanded his fans in Italy call him Danny Ocean, the character from the films.”
George Clooney said,
“It got in the papers. I thought they were nuts … as if Danny Ocean is a character you really need to get into,”
This stunt got in the papers, and the locals took it seriously, leaving Clooney with no choice but to take revenge.
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The Gravity star took the prank to a whole new level by sending tapes of accents to Meryl Streep, who was set to use an accent in her film at the time. Clooney sent the tapes from Brad Pitt with a card. Clooney states,
“I sent that thing of voices to her, the greatest actress of all time … and I sent it from Brad with a card that said- ‘Dear Meryl, I hear you’re going to play the Iron Lady. This guy helped me with my accent in Troy.'”
Years later, when Clooney and Streep encountered each other at John Krasinski and Emily Blunt’s wedding, Clooney asked Streep if she received the tapes, to which she responded with a laugh, mentioning that she had avoided Brad for five years because of it.
“Meryl said she avoided Brad for like five years,”
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This classic prank had far-reaching effects, with Streep avoiding the Troy star for half a decade, all because of George Clooney’s practical joke. This just goes to show how far the Hollywood legend is willing to go to get revenge on his co-stars.
The Hilarious Prankster: George Clooney’s Mischievous Side
Brad Pitt was not the only one to fall victim to Clooney’s pranks. Matt Damon was also a target, as Clooney kept downsizing his wardrobe while Damon was trying to lose weight for his role, leading to the actor believing he was somehow gaining weight instead.
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In fact, it seems the prank involving Meryl Streep wasn’t the only time Brad Pitt fell for Clooney’s pranks. In one instance, Clooney placed a marijuana leaf on the back of Pitt’s car, along with a bumper sticker that flipped off the police. Unknowingly, Pitt drove around with these prank items on his car and eventually got pulled over by the police.
Pitt, who had no idea about the prank, was likely confused and probably even a little frustrated when he was stopped by the authorities. However, these are just some examples of the many pranks Clooney pulled on his friends, showcasing his mischievous side and his playful personality.
These pranks not only reveal Clooney’s sense of humor but also highlight the close bond he shares with his friends.
Source: The Things