Actor John Krasinski told actor/director George Clooney about his SmackDown basketball challenge and how it was completely different from the way he had imagined it. Krasinski heard that Clooney played basketball, so he thought it might be a good idea to get involved with the sport. Little did he know that Clooney was a fierce competitor, who ultimately got the biggest laugh, not knowing how to beat Krasinski. But instead how Krasinski went into panic practice before the game.
John Krasinski Gives George Clooney A Basketball Challenge Thinking It Would Be ‘Dear’
So who threw the basketball challenge? “I challenged him,” Krasinski on off camera show. “I thought I’d be cute.” Krasinski admitted that he didn’t do any research or pay attention to Clooney’s insane basketball skills. Instead, he suggested it as a way to connect. “I heard he played basketball with his friends. I didn’t know he was a fierce competitor. Besides, he’s pretty good at basketball. And a real friend like, well, don’t challenge me when Unless you really want to do that.”
Krasinski thought the pickup game would be a no-brainer since Clooney grew up. “I was like, ‘Oh, this would be so sweet of him’ that it’s like, we’re going to have like a Norman Rockwell moment on the court…” he recalled. “And that was the day the movie made sense to both of us.” So was there a bonding moment Clooney thought about with Clooney?
Did George Clooney win the game?
The bonding moment didn’t go down exactly how Krasinski wanted to play it. “No! That’s what happened now,” he said. “It was like we were at a long table, one of the first nights I was on set. We were drinking a little too much and someone said something about basketball. George is very charming and sweet about it and is self-deprecating. And I was like, ‘I’ll crush you one after the other.’ He looked at me with the biggest smile that was like the Cheshire Cat and the part devil. And he was like, ‘Really?’ I was like, ‘Yeah.’ He was like, ‘You wanna play?’ And I was like, ‘Man, I’ll give you six points to 11 in a game.’ And that was when everyone at the table was like, ‘Oh boy, oh god.’”
“And Grant Heslov, his partner, was like, ‘Don’t do that. Don’t do that.’ And George is like, ‘Don’t do that. I’m not going to take those points. I want to play you straight.’ And I’ll never forget,’ he said. “Grant goes, ‘I’ll take those points. Move ahead.’ And he just made his bet that night. As such, there was no way to beat George with a six-point lead. And so George and I played and they beat me.
But which was the best moment from the challenge?
But being trampled by Clooney was not the crowning moment. Krasinski said what happened before the game was probably the best moment of the challenge. “And the biggest moment was that I was just so nervous and I was going to the gym early in the morning and doing the exercises myself,” he recalled.
“I was literally going to practice with him before playing one-on-one,” Krasinski continued. “And the elevator doors opened and George was there. Like I got in the garage ball, sneakers. Went to the lobby and the lobby door opened and George started laughing. No words were spoken. With a brand new ball and brand new sneakers Laughing at my scene that I was obviously going to rehearse to play. And I think that was probably his best moment rather than the actual game. So it was fantastic.”
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