In addition to being one of Hollywood’s most renowned bachelors, George Clooney is also one of the town’s most committed pranksters, who has a well-publicized history of playing elaborate tricks on his fellow celebrities.
Wednesday on “The Late Show” Matt Damon, who is currently starring in the Clooney-directed “Monuments Men” and has fallen victim to one of Clooney’s mischievous plots before, explained to David Letterman how he’d gotten Clooney’d once again -- and how, this time, funny ladies Tina Fey and Amy Poehler also got roped in.
Damon said he was sitting at home on a recent evening when he received a delivery of two enormous fruit baskets. As you may recall, Fey and Poehler made fun of both actors at the Golden Globes last month, calling Damon a “garbageman” and joking that “Gravity” was “the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age.”
The first basket came with a letter of apology from the funny ladies, but the second came with the following note, which Damon read on the air:
“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 ... up. We are not some easily confused starlets here. We are grown... professional comedians. Please accept this fruit as a token of our sincerity. Best wishes, Elizabeth Tina Fey, Amy ‘Boston’ Poehler."
Damon deduced that “George made up stationery with my name on it and sent them some wounded letter from me.” And he suspects that may not be the end of it because he has “no idea how many letters are out there."
After getting razzed at the Globes, Clooney warned Fey and Poehler, “I’m coming after both of you.” Apparently, he meant what he said.
Damon, despite repeatedly getting pranked by Clooney, seems unlikely to retaliate. “I have four kids. I don’t have time,” he told Letterman. “He’s got nothing but time.”