I’m gonna need everyone to start a slow clap for George Clooney, who I’m awarding the title of Lord Of Pranks forever and ever for what he pulled over on Matt Damon. To do it, I’ll have to take the crown from Jimmy Kimmel, who pranked John Krasinski by turning his house into a winter wonderland complete with a snow machine, but I’m really okay with that, because Clooney is in a whole ‘nother ball game.
The way to really make a prank epic is by not even revealing it to the prankee, which is what George was able to do to Matt on the set of The Monuments Men. George is already pretty widely known as a prankster, and as the director of the film, he had a vast dominion of options at his disposal to really make things interesting. Like, he could arrange for the wardrobe department to alter Matt’s costumes incrementally every few days without telling him, and acting like everything’s normal.
Matt went on The Tonight Show last night to promote the movie, and he told Jay Leno that George made Matt think he was A. crazy and B. fat by doing exactly that, and that he didn’t find out about it until HE READ ABOUT IT LATER IN AN INTERVIEW THAT GEORGE GAVE. I’m obsessed.
“I read finally, which answered a lot for me, that he’d been taking my wardrobe in, my pants in, by about an eighth or a sixteenth of an inch every couple days. Because he’d said, y’know we’re gonna get in shape, so I was working out, and the pants — I was like, ‘This can’t be.’ And I never said anything to him, of course, which he probably loved even more.”
There’s nothing like making a practical joke into a long con, and I have so much respect for George Clooney’s patience and inventiveness here. I’d say I wanted in on this prank war, except I can tell you right now that I don’t have the brain for it. Bow down to Clooney, Lord Of Pranks, forever and ever amen.