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If you loathe April fools shenanigans, just try to imagine if the annual prank day managed to last for three years straight. Sadly that was the case for actor Russell Crowe when he first became famous. And believe it or not, the devious prankster was none other than the late King of Pop Michael Jackson.

In a recent candid interview, Crowe revealed that he was the victim of a long winded series of juvenile prank phone calls from MJ, dating back to his rise to fame in the early 2000s. And the kicker is that he and Jackson had never even met.

According to Crowe, MJ’s pranks were in line with Bart Simpson’s early phone calls to Moe’s Tavern.”I never met him, never shook his hand. But he found out the name I stayed in hotels under, so it didn’t matter where I was, he’d ring up, do this kind of thing, like you did when you were 10, you know. ‘Is Mr. Wall there? Is Mrs. Wall there? Are there any Walls there? Then what’s holding the roof up? Haha.’ You’re supposed to grow out of doing that, right?” That’s so weird.

Should we be more surprised that MJ randomly targeted Crowe to be a victim of his Crank Yankers-inspired antics, or the fact that he couldn’t come up with any better material for the calls? Either way, it sounded like MJ had a lot of time on his hands.