‘Inside the Actors Studio’: Brad Pitt Has ‘Ugly’ Clooney Prank Up His Sleeve

by | February 3, 2012 at 11:39 AM | Inside the Actors Studio

During a recent appearance on “Inside the Actors Studio,” George Clooney said he’s been planning a retaliatory prank against Brad Pitt for the past two years. “It might end his career,” Clooney boasted to host James Lipton. “I owe him…I’m not going to tell you what it is, but just know, I got it.”

So what, exactly, does Clooney owe Pitt for?  Pitt explained during a sit-down with Lipton for an episode of “Inside the Actors Studio” set to air Feb. 10. Apparently, it can all be traced back to a practical joke Pitt played on the set of one of the “Ocean’s” films. Before shooting in Italy, Brad sent a letter to the entire crew – in Italian – stating that Clooney asked that he be looked in the eye when addressed, and insisted that everyone call him “Daniel” or “Mr. Ocean” on set. The gag went on for two weeks before Clooney caught on. “He handled it gracefully,” Pitt said. “But he was becoming unnerved.”

Pitt said he knew his day of retribution would come. So he came up with another prank. “I thought about a preemtive strike,” he said. “But it was so ugly. So whatever he’s got — this is uglier. It’s so bad, I don’t even know if I can do it.” Asked Lipton, “So that’s your threat to him?” “It’s my safety,” Pitt responded.  Watch Pitt explain it above.

Below, other highlights from the episode airing Feb. 10:

Pitt detailed his pre-film career, which included chauffeuring strippers around Los Angeles:

After making an off-color joke about his relationship with Jonah Hill, Pitt praised his “Moneyball” co-star (who happened to be in the audience), confessing, “you complete me”: