Golden Globes hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey received raves for a second consecutive year this past week, landing big jokes without, for the most part, resorting to Ricky Gervais's scorched earth insult tactics.
Hollywood statesman George Clooney was one of the rare targets of a particularly harsh zing, however.
On his blockbuster space thriller "Gravity," Fey explained, "[It's] 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."
Clooney, wasn't in attendance at the Globes telecast Sunday, but the actor responded with his typical zeal when we asked him at the junket today for his new film, "Monuments Men," if the zinger-wielding hosts should expect any comeuppance for the diss.
"They should be looking over their shoulders," Clooney answered. "And if they're watching right now, just know this …" the actor-director looks into the camera: "I'm coming after both of you."
Clooney said he was working at the time of the show, filming "Tomorrowland," a sci-fi adventure film slated for release in 2015. "I was hanging off of a wire doing this movie, and the crew started laughing. I said, 'What's going on, what are you guys laughing at?' And they're like, 'You got killed!' And then they showed it to me."
Fey and Poehler should probably be careful who they're messing with: Clooney is a legendary prankster, one who has counted Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis and his own father among his victims.
Then there's Matt Damon, who seems to be on the repeated end of Clooney's shenanigans.
This week the actors spilled that Clooney got Damon good by having the wardrobe department of "Monuments Men" continually -- and very gradually – narrow the waistline in Damon's pants. And this after Damon had told Clooney he was working on dropping some weight.
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Fey and Poehler should probably watch out, especially if one of them ever dares collaborate with Clooney on a project.
(Also perhaps one who should be on the lookout: "Saturday Night Live" Weekend Update anchor Cecily Strong, who made a similar joke around the time of "Gravity's" release: "Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson harshly criticized the hit movie 'Gravity' this week, saying that it contained a number of major scientific inaccuracies. For example, there’s no way George Clooney would spend that much time talking to a woman his own age.")
Still, Clooney gives credit where credit's due.
"It's a well-constructed joke. It was good," he told us. "But I'm gonna get them."
"Monuments Men" – the true story of a non-military platoon dispatched to Europe to save artwork stolen by the Nazis, directed by Clooney and co-starring Damon, Cate Blanchett and Bill Murray – opens Feb. 7.
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