21 Celebrity Pranksters Who Hilariously Enrage Their Costars
George Clooney may be the most famous jokester, but he doesn't work alone.
When the rich and famous joke with each other, they truly go all out. Stars like George Clooney, Channing Tatum, and Ellen DeGeneres have pulled off some incredible pranks, thanks to the props and resources they have at their disposal. You won’t be able to avoid smiling as you see what these famous jokesters have done to pull off the best celebrity pranks of all time. And if you need some inspiration to pull one over on your colleagues, here are 30 Office-Friendly Jokes That Are Actually Funny.
When Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence were promoting their 2016 sci-fi movie Passengers together, Pratt used his Instagram account to play a little trick on J. Law. In every photo Pratt posted of his costar, he hilariously cropped her out. (Exhibit A, B, C—you get the point.) “Another day down with me and my best buddy Jen,” he joked.
A couple weeks later on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Lawrence spray-painted over Pratt’s face on the side of a tour bus that featured an ad for Passengers. “I feel better,” she said.
Jennifer Lawrence can’t catch a break when it comes to getting pranked. The perpetrator this time? Her Hunger Games costar Josh Hutcherson. While working on the first film in the four-movie series in 2011, Hutcherson put a prop dead body in the bathroom in Lawrence’s trailer. It scared her so bad, she peed herself. “That is called a success,” Hutcherson told E! Online.
Chris Pine and Simon Pegg
As Sherlock Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch can solve any mystery using elementary logic. But in real-life, Cumberbatch is a bit more gullible. While filming Star Trek: Into Darkness, Cumberbatch’s costars Chris Pine and Simon Pegg played a truly hilarious prank on him.
Pegg convinced Cumberbatch to dot “neutron cream” on his face to protect himself from radiation exposure. “I was gullible and did what I was told. It’s America and there is a lot of health and safety!” Cumberbatch said on The Graham Norton Show in 2013.
“And we told him he had to apply the cream in dots all over his face and there he was doing this really intense scene with sunscreen spots all over him,” Pine explained. “They had me, completely had me. It was really very funny,” Cumberbatch added. It turns out, Pegg and Pine also played the joke Zachary Quinto, Anton Yelchin, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, and John Cho.
Ellen DeGeneres is the queen of daytime TV. She’s also the queen of daytime TV pranks.
Seth Rogen and Jason Segel
On screen, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel are comedy gold. And off screen, the duo has been known to play some epic pranks. Shortly after working together on 2008’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Rogen and Segel invited the movie’s director, Nicholas Stoller, over for a little fun.
They revealed on The Late Late Show with James Corden that they’d convinced fellow actor Charlie Hunnam to pose dead in the bathtub, covered in fake blood. The actors gave Stoller tons of water, hoping he’d head to the bathroom and get a scare. But it took an hour before he went to the bathroom and let out “scream of death,” according to Segel. Better late than never!
There was a lot of practical joking going on on the set of 2017’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle. It was actor Taron Egerton who pranked his costar Channing Tatum first. “I put a mannequin in his trailer bed with a wig on it and some empty wine bottles and a pair of high heels on the floor,” Egerton told People. “He came in one morning and thought there was a person in there and was quite freaked out.”
In retaliation, Tatum placed “about 20 sex dolls and some rather disturbingly large prosthetics” in Egerton’s trailer. “He really went to town! … I had to sort of wade through them to get to the fridge or go and get my costume yeah, trying to avoid plastic erogenous zones,” the actor said.
Prankster Simon Pegg who wreaked havoc on the set of Star Trek: Into Darkness seemed to have gotten what was coming to him while filming 2015’s Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation. During a car chase scene in Casablanca, Pegg noticed that he was heating up. He thought it was the weather that was getting to him. But eventually, he said on The Graham Norton Show, “I realized that Tom Cruise had been turning my seat heater on when I wasn’t looking.”
Pegg said Cruise added to the prank by telling him he looked like he was overheating and asking the crew for water and electrolytes “while he was torturing me,” Pegg said.
Harington got a severed head in his likeness and placed it in their fridge. When Leslie went to get some water, she shrieked and was brought to her knees. “My family does April Fool’s. Her family doesn’t do April Fool’s,” Harington said on The Jonathan Ross Show. “It didn’t go down well.”
Emilia Clarke and Sam Clafin
As you may have started to notice, revenge pranks can be even better than the original prank, as was the case with Sam Claflin and his Me Before You costar Emilia Clarke.
Their prank battle started on set in 2015 when Clarke placed fish in Claflin’s socks. Then, Claflin got her back. “I stole all of her furniture from her dressing room and shoved it in mine, which I thought was pretty special,” the actor told People. He really took it to a new level.
Alan Rickman and Michael Gambon
During the filming of 2004’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) and Michael Gambon (Dumbledore) placed a fart machine in Daniel Radcliffe’s prop sleeping bag before filming a scene.
While Radcliffe was laying next to a girl he was interested in, they sounded the fart machine, embarrassing the heck out of Radcliffe. “Michael Gambon had actually been pressing it during the take,” the young actor said. (Luckily, there’s video of the whole thing.) 10 points for Gryffindor and Slytherin.
Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann
When it comes to pranks, the classics still hold up, as Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann proved while filming their 2014 romantic comedy The Other Woman. When they were flying together during production, the actresses decided to play a little joke on their costar Kate Upton, who had fallen asleep.
“She was fast asleep, like right away, which makes me so mad because I can never sleep on flights,” Mann said on Late Night with Seth Meyers. “So Cameron and I were up and we’re like, ‘Yeah, what can we do?’” The answer? Draw a mustache on Upton, of course. “I’m drawing on her and she does not wake up,” Diaz added. “She’s like a child! She’s like a little baby.”
There is no Hollywood prankster as iconic as George Clooney. He’s been playing jokes on his costars since the ‘90s when he was on E.R. But there’s no one he loves to prank more than his best friend, Brad Pitt. During the production of Ocean’s Twelve in 2003, Vulture says Clooney assembled a group of people outside of Pitt’s hotel window to chant his name—and by his, we mean Clooney’s.
Of course, it didn’t end there. Clooney even placed a bumper sticker on Pitt’s car that read: “Small P**** on Board.” Their costar Matt Damon told IGN, “People were honking at him and waving. And he thinks it’s because he’s Brad Pitt and he’s waving back.” Clooney also said on Jimmy Kimmel Live that he’s “been sending letters to people as Brad Pitt for… literally four years.” He even sent Meryl Streep a book of dialect CDs and signed it from Pitt. Ouch!
Just because Clooney is the king of pranks, that doesn’t mean that Pitt doesn’t get him back from time to time. Prior to filming Ocean’s Twelve, Pitt told The Project that he sent a memo to the crew that Clooney didn’t want anyone to look him in the eye on set and that he only wanted to be referred to as his character, “Daniel Ocean” or “Mr. Ocean.” The prank lasted about two weeks! Point Pitt.
Clooney also isn’t the only costar Pitt’s messed with. While on the set of 2011’s Moneyball, he transformed Jonah Hill’s golf cart into a Wham! tribute-mobile, complete with a sign that read “I’m Jonah Hill and I Love Wham!” “He’s a maestro of pranking,” Hill told Entertainment Tonight. “He has a fortress of pranking genius around him. … He knows your moves while you’re thinking of it. Prank chess, he’s playing all the time.”
After his costar Andrew Lincoln pranked him with the help of a fan dressed as a zombie in 2014, Reedus decided to get back at Lincoln with a glitter bomb. But not just any glitter bomb—a car air conditioner glitter bomb… on a hot day in Georgia. “I put so much in there,” Reedus said with a laugh after filming the whole thing in 2016. “Have a nice ride home in the heat, bro.” At San Diego Comic Con later that year, Lincoln blew glitter right into Reedus’ beard. We’d say they’re even.
It’s fair to say that Batman and Superman need to loosen up every now and then. Or, at the very least, the actors who play them do.
When Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill filmed 2016’s Batman v Superman, Affleck filled Cavill’s trailer with Batman action figures and memorabilia. Affleck posted a video of his work on Facebook with the caption: “Henry, I’m flattered. I didn’t know you were such a fan!
Simon Pegg and pranks go hand in hand. But in the case of his 2007 movie Run, FatBoy, Run, Pegg’s costar Thandie Newton was the famous prankster.
“At the press junket, I brought in two liters of vodka and replaced his water with it,” Newton told Metro UK. “I got him, what a sap.” Run, FatBoy, Run director David Schwimmer called Newton “the queen of practical jokes”—so it looks like Pegg learned from the best.
It’s hard for anyone to think of Jennifer Aniston as anyone other than Rachel Green on Friends—and Jason Sudeikis was quick to take advantage of that while filming We’re the Millers in 2012.
During one take, Sudeikis’s character was supposed to turn on the radio and play TLC’s “Waterfalls.” Instead, he had the crew play the Friends theme song. As Sudeikis and Aniston’s fellow costars, Emma Roberts and Will Poulter, belted the lyrics loudly, even Aniston couldn’t help but laugh.
In 2011, actor Ian Somerhalder took the opportunity to ease the tension of a nude scene by playing a prank on his Vampire Diaries costar Nina Dobrev, who he was dating at the time.
First, Somerhalder asked the prop master to make him some special accessories for the Season 3 scene. “What if I was completely naked and we had elephant ears and double-stick tape, and I put them on each of my thighs, and ultimately, she would be staring at a very small, young elephant,” Somerhalder proposed, recalling the thought to Entertainment Weekly. Well, that’s exactly what they did.
There are few rivalries as hilarious as the one between The Voice coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. And with any friendly competition comes a lot of fun pranks. When Levine won People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” title in 2014, he told Jimmy Kimmel Live that he framed a huge version of the cover and sent it to Shelton. But this prank seemed to work in Shelton’s favor because he won the title himself a few years later!
Dominic Monaghan and Elijah Wood shared many years together filming The Lord of the Rings series. And one time, Merry got Frodo in a major way.
Monaghan posed as a German interviewer and asked Woods the most bizarre questions via satellite. “I couldn’t see him, but he could see me,” Woods said afterwards. “I bought it, initially.” From discussions of wigs to dying dolphins, this is a five-minute “interview” that you won’t forget.
Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet loves playing pranks on his TV husband, Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Stonestreet said on Conan that he loves pretending to be Ferguson, solely to embarrass him.
One time, while on location in Hawaii with Ferguson, Stonestreet screamed from the hotel pool, “Hey, Do you like my work on Modern Family?” And then dipped under the water, leaving everyone to believe it was Ferguson who’d asked the obnoxious question. Awkward! And if you can’t resist a real knee-slapper, please enjoy these 50 Dad Jokes So Bad They’re Actually Hilarious.
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