Brad Pitt: I Pranked George Clooney First

The actors' pranking saga continues, with Pitt claiming that he's got one planned that's much "uglier" than anything Clooney can dish out

Everyone knows that George Clooney is a notorious prankster, especially when it comes to close friends like Brad Pitt. During a recent visit to BRAVO's Inside the Actor's Studio, Clooney boasted that he has a prank planned for Pitt that "might end his career." But when Pitt taped an episode of the show last week, he told host James Lipton that he deserves it -- because Pitt pranked Clooney first!

Pitt told the audience that, while filming Ocean's 12 in Italy, he pulled a trick on Clooney that lasted a good two weeks. To set up the story, Brad explained that George loves working on a relaxed set and being friendly with everyone.

"He's fun, he's telling jokes, he keeps everyone together, and he loves that camaraderie," Pitt explained to Lipton. "He eats lunch with the crew."

So right before the cast flew to Italy, Pitt decided to mess with Clooney's dynamic.

"I sent a memo to the entire Italian crew, in Italian, that said, 'Dear Crew: We wish you a wonderful shoot. George Clooney asks that, this is a very difficult role for him. He needs to concentrate deeply,'" Pitt said, reciting the letter. "'Mr. Clooney asks that you try not to interrupt him, look him in the eye. If you do need to address Mr. Clooney, please refer to him only as (his character) 'Daniel' or 'Mr. Ocean.'"

After two weeks of the crew tiptoeing around Clooney, Pitt could tell that his friend was "becoming unnerved." When the jig was up, Pitt braced himself for payback -- which Clooney says he's got coming.

"I'm working on one right now for Brad Pitt that might end his career. I owe him. So I'm getting him," Clooney said during his own visit to The Actor's Studio. "I've been working on it for two years. I just let him sit. I'm not going to tell you what it is, but just know: I got him."

Knowing that he's a target for Clooney, Pitt says that he's already planned his next move.

"I knew that something bad was going to happen by me doing this, so I came up with a second (prank)," Pitt admits. "I thought about a pre-emptive strike, but it was so ugly -- whatever he's got, this is uglier. It's so bad, I don't even know if I can do it. (But) it's my safety."

Clooney is known for his pranks, both on set and off -- like the time he convinced his best friend Richard Kind that he had taken up painting, and gave him the most horrible painting he could find to hang above his couch. That ruse went on for two years, which proves just how patient a joker Clooney can be. We're dying to know what he and Clooney have in store for each other; we just hope they set off their traps soon, and in public!

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