I love April Fool’s Day, although I know I’d best be prepared for any of the tricks my co-workers plan to pull on me. Here, to inspire you in the hope that you be the prank-puller and not the pranked, are some truly top-notch jokes played by actors and celebrities.
Aaron Paul and the “Meteorite”
Using an ingenious combination of dry ice, rocks, and dirt, Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul convinced his apocalypse-fearing roommate (One Life to Live actor David Tom) that a meteorite had crashed into their backyard. However, Paul hadn’t planned on his roommate’s girlfriend calling a local reporter, who then decided to air a segment about the “incident” on that night’s news program. Even an expert interviewed on the broadcast was convinced by the “crater.”
George Clooney’s Painting
George Clooney has played so many pranks that they could (perhaps literally) fill an entire book. In the interest of fairness to all other would-be-celebrity-pranksters, I’ve included just one on this list. After finding an ugly painting in the garbage, Clooney signed his name on it and convinced actor Richard Kind that he had painted it in an art class he had been attending for the past year. He even went so far as to excuse himself early from meetings with Kind, citing his “art class” as the reason for his departure. When he finally received it, Richard Kind (living up to his name) proudly hung the painting on his wall for two years before finding out he’d been displaying a trash-picked piece of art.
Jennifer Lawrence in the Graveyard
Batman and Rocket Raccoon (more commonly referred to as “Christian Bale” and “Bradley Cooper”) teamed up for a practical joke on Jennifer Lawrence while filming American Hustle. With the assistance of the props department, they created a gravestone with Lawrence’s named engraved upon it, with the oh-so-appropriate date of death as “April 1st, 1913.” While filming a scene set in a graveyard (which was probably a tad creepy in the first place), Lawrence was shocked when she saw the stone. Presumably, she was a little embarrassed when she realized the date of death was April Fool’s Day, but who can blame her for being a little freaked out?
Liam Neeson WILL Find You
It’s probably not a good idea to break Taken star Maggie Grace’s heart, lest you want to face the wrath of her movie “father,” Liam Neeson. When Grace was distraught after a breakup, Neeson left a voicemail, in character as Taken‘s protagonist Brian Mills, for Grace’s ex-boyfriend. “Your first mistake was dating out of your league,” Neeson coldly informs him, “Your second mistake; well, let’s just say any more mistakes and I’ll break your other arm… slowly.” Man, I would’ve loved to have seen the look on the guy’s face when he listened to that message.
A Strange Noise at Hogwarts
File this one under “Extremely Delightful.” Though the prank Alan Rickman and Michael Gambon played on Daniel Radcliffe during the filming of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban wasn’t exactly original, it was absolutely hilarious. During the filming of a scene in which students slept on the floor of the Great Hall, Alan Rickman snuck a fart machine (which could be remotely activated by Michael Gambon) into Radcliffe’s sleeping bag. The video of the incident is definitely worth watching, if only just to see the usually stern Rickman laughing with unrestrained glee.
Simon Pegg’s Neutron Cream
Simon Pegg appears to be just as fun to work with as you’d imagine him to be. While filming Star Trek: Into Darkness, Pegg convinced several of his fellow cast-mates that they’d need to apply a “Neutron Cream” on their bodies to avoid harmful radiation found on set. Benedict Cumberbatch fell for the joke hardest, and applied dabs of the cream all over his face and arms. “I was gullible and did what I was told,” Cumberbatch later explained, “It’s America and there is a lot of health and safety!”