Every year, on April 1st, the American public gathers for a day of revelry and rapscallionism. Bros pull other bros’ saggy Dickies down in front of cute, giggling girls. Children lie facedown in the tub and pretend to be dead when their parents walk into the bathroom. The internet becomes filled with the hoax deaths of notable celebrities and faux news stories about upcoming movies. We enjoy on April Fool’s Day a break from our ennui and our existential dread. We trick and we annoy our closest friends just to get one day’s worth of the shits-and-giggles we wish to have all year round.
But no one knows how better to toy with, riddle, and prank people than the Hollywood crowd. Filmmakers have been startling people with tricks and surprises since the invention of the medium, regardless of the day or year. Looking for some fun gags to play on your friends? Or perhaps wondering which pranks to look out for? For all your April Fool’s Day needs, consult the following: