13 Devilish On-Set Pranks That Prove Hollywood’s Finest Are Just As Juvenile As You

Movie sets must get pretty stressful, considering the long hours, big budgets and massive egos involved in making a film. Then there’s all the time spent sitting around, waiting for everything to be set up for a particular scene. So it’s no surprise that casts and crews often feel the need to let off a little steam – in the form of on-set pranks. Of course, when you’re talking about creative people whose careers are based in make-believe, some of those pranks are bound to be sidesplitting. Here we look at 13 particularly uproarious on-set pranksters.

Bale, Cooper, Lawrence
Images: Jennifer Lawrence: Jenn Deering Davis, Bradley Cooper: Jenn Deering Davis, Christian Bale: Asim Bharwani

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13. Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper Prank Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle (2013)

While filming 2013 crime dramedy American Hustle, Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale played a rather macabre prank on female co-star Jennifer Lawrence. One particular scene was set in a Boston graveyard. Lawrence felt uneasy and wanted to get the job done and leave as soon as possible. Still, consummate professional that she is, the young actress steeled herself to perform. Suddenly, however, she let out a scream. Lawrence had just spotted a tombstone with her name and “Born August 15, 1890. Died April 1, 1913” inscribed on its surface. “That’s my name!” cried a clearly shaken Lawrence. “Is this just a coincidence, or am I going to die?” In reality, Bale and Cooper had set up the gravestone with the help of the film’s prop department. The stars signaled to the supposed date of her death, laughing, “That’s April Fools’ Day, dummy.”

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