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Reminder: The Golden Globes could mean a Poehler-Fey-Clooney prank showdown

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In their past two years hosting the Golden Globes, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler aimed some of their best jokes at the antics of Hollywood’s men. It’s a refreshing thing: When so often women are mocked for their personal lives, Fey and Poehler turn the tables. First came that James Cameron joke in 2013, brought on by Kathryn Bigelow’s nomination for Zero Dark Thirty: “When it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent three years married to James Cameron.” Last year, they gave Leonardo DiCaprio a warm welcome to the stage like it was a “supermodel’s vagina.”

More notably, however, they took on George Clooney. Clooney is no average matinee idol. He’s also a master prankster, and targeting him was inevitably going to lead to some sort of mess.

Clooney did not actually attend last year’s ceremony, but this year’s will necessitate that he come face to face—or at least be extremely close—to the hosts. He is receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Hence, it should mean the culmination of the greatest Hollywood prank skirmish of all time. Or something akin to that.  First let’s revisit how this unfolded…

First, there was the joke…

At last year’s Globes, Fey told the perfect Clooney joke during the monologue: “Gravity is nominated for best film. It’s the story of how George Clooney would rather float away in to space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age.”

Not only was it a spot-on joke about a pre-marriage Clooney, but, to make matters more hilarious, the audience reaction shots also showed some of Clooney’s female co-stars (Sandra Bullock, Julianna Margulies) doubling over with laughter.

Followed by the threat…

Clooney told Access Hollywood it was a “well-crafted joke,” but “they have poked the bear with a stick.”

Next, the pranks began…

Clooney dragged Matt Damon, who had also been a subject of one of Fey and Poehler’s lines, into his maniacal plotting. Clooney got stationery with Damon’s name on it and wrote a letter to Fey explaining as Damon how hurt he was by the comedians joke that Damon was a “garbage person” among all the stars. (“My kid now calls me the garbageman.”)

Clooney and Damon described how the initial portion went down on EW Radio in February while promoting The Monuments Men.

Then came the “grown-ass” response…

But Fey and Poehler were wise to him. They sent two giant fruit baskets to Damon’s house with two letters. One genuinely apologized to Damon. The other was written with the knowledge that Clooney was the likely perpetrator. Damon read that letter on David Letterman’s show: “Dear Matt, 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 fuck up. We are not some easily confused starlets here. We are grown-ass, professional comedians. Please accept this fruit as a token of our sincerity. Best wishes, Elizabeth Tina Fey, Amy ‘Boston’ Poehler.”

But Clooney hinted at potential second attack…

However, on EW Radio, Clooney said the note was just the “appetizer” and what’s coming next is “pretty brutal.” On Good Morning America he admitted: “I’m doing something that I’m actually ashamed of, that’s going to hurt them.”

And finally, a white flag…

It’s actually unclear what came next—or whether this escalated prank ever actually happened. But by the end of the month, Poehler certainly was at her wit’s end. While on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Poehler said she wanted to use Meyers’ show to “wave the white flag and tell Clooney that I surrender.” She said: “I want to say something to George Clooney that no woman has ever said to him, which is: ‘George, please stop.'”

Now, the anticipated culmination…

It would be shocking if there were no mention of this at this year’s ceremony. Not only are Fey and Poehler hosting for what is probably the last time, but Clooney is receiving an honor that always gets a chunk of screen time.

Of course, Clooney is in a different situation these days. No longer the committed bachelor, he’s married to an extremely accomplished woman—Amal Clooney, née Alamuddin. But here’s the dream situation: Poehler and Fey come out with a signature zinger during the monologue. Then all is quiet until the DeMille Award portion of the night. That’s when Damon shows up to enact his revenge and invites Jodie Foster up on stage, who just does a repeat of her 2013 speech. Clooney is rendered speechless and the prank battle begins anew.

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