The entertainment news world got hit by two pretty big April Fools pranks this year. First, Happy Endings
creator David Caspe played the long game on fans of the cancelled series, setting this prank up back in February.
The previously inactive Happy Endings
Twitter account suddenly came alive on February 6th
, with a link to a page with only the words “It’s almost a new day” and a clock counting down…to April 1st
. Caspe later apologized to fans
, stating, “I want to apologize to anyone who is annoyed … It was just a writers’ room bit that kind of got away from them … But I also have to say that it was really awesome to see how much love there was for the show.”
While that was certainly a low blow it pails in comparison to fans of Robert Pattinson and FKA Twigs. Rap star T-Pain pulled a fast one on gossip readers everywhere when he stated in his interview with Vulture
on April 1st that Twigs was “engaged now” and that it was to “ol’ Patty [Robert Pattinson]”. He ended the interview by saying, “I don’t know if she wanted anybody to know that…”
Major media outlets, like the Huffington Post
, reported on the engagement as a breaking new story before the ‘Can’t Believe It’ singer revealed his prank with the following Twitter pic.
But T-Pain isn’t the only celeb that’s enjoyed a good pranking. Here are a few more celebs have gotten in some good ones over the years.
1. Jennifer Lawrence gets a pesky present
JLaw was the cute butt of the joke on the set of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
, when co-star Jeffrey Wright, who played Beetee, gave Lawrence an unsuspecting Tiffany’s box as a gift.
Lawrence excitedly opened the box only to find that it was full of crickets. The superstar said of the mean trick, “It was the most awful combination of feelings in the world. It was like, ‘Tiffany’s!? Jeffery! You didn’t have to do that!’ And then I opened it…it was awful. And they were in my trailer for months, I couldn’t get them out.”
2. Moneyball prank wars
Superstar Brad Pitt is well known for his onset antics and it seems things were no different when he joined Jonah Hill for the filming of Moneyball
. Hill shared some of the experience
on The Late Show With David Letterman
Both actors had golf carts to get around the set and one day Hill said he “would walk outside and there would be no wheels on it; it would be on cinder blocks. And then one day I’d come out…and it would be on its head, be completely upside down.”
Hill retaliated by sticking a sign on Pitt’s cart that said, ‘Super Hot Guy On Board’. But he would only be out done in the end when Pitt rigged Hill’s cart to play the Wham! song, ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’ on full volume and it could not be turned off. Impressive.
3. Daniel Radcliff pranks the paparazzi
Back in 2007, while Harry Potter
star Daniel Radcliff was starring in the play Equus
in London, England, he came up with a clever trick to fool persistent paparazzi hanging around the theatre doors.
Radcliff told Jay Leno when on the Tonight Show in 2007
that he figured out that the photographers wouldn’t bother taking a photo of him if he was in the same outfit as the day before, as it look like photos from the same day over and over again. Radcliff took the trick to the limit, wearing the same outfit every day for 5 months! Radcliff told Leno, “They [the photos] became un-publishable, which was hilarious because there’s nothing better than seeing the paparazzi get really frustrated.” Nice one Harry, nice one.
4/5. Clooney’s reign of prankster terror
Finally, the king of Hollywood pranks is silver fox, George Clooney. He’s so good in fact, that he gets two spots on this list.
Brad Pitt’s fake wedding
Clooney became the original master of picking on the paparazzi with his 2005 Pitt/Jolie hoax wedding. The Gravity
star set up the grounds of his mansion in Lake Como to appear as if a major event was on the horizon. He even went as far as setting up high-top tables for the circling helicopters.
Clooney later reflected on the Today
show that there were, “hundreds and hundreds of press people outside the house, including people from all the entertainment shows.”
Matt Damon’s complaint letter to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
In an attempt to get back the hilarious hosts for their dig that Clooney was a famous ‘womanizer’ during their 2014 Golden Globe
intro, Clooney wrote them a letter in disguise as Matt Damon. He wrote, “Look, it sounds hypocritical because I laughed at the jokes about George and Leo, but you know, that’s sort of what people think about them. But when you called me a garbage man, it just seemed like low hanging fruit.”
But Saturday Night Live
alum, Fey and Poehler, proved it wasn’t their first rodeo by sending Damon two fruit baskets with a note attached that said, “If your note is part of some George Clooney prank, as I very strongly suspect it is, you A-list amateurs are going to have to step it the f*** up. We are not some easily confused starlets here. We are grown-a**, professional comedians.”
And that my friends, is the kind of genius it takes to usurp the prank king.