The Star Trek neutron cream prank

You must apply it liberally for maximum effect

Actor Simon Pegg, who played Scotty in the movie Star Trek Into Darkness, (and who's known for starring in the films Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End and the best young-20s-slacker-in-England TV comedy ever, Spaced, but I digress) pulls a prank on his fellow cast members. He enlists the makeup department in a gag to convince some of his fellow actors that they have to wear special dots of "neutron cream" on their faces to protect against, well, those dangerous free-radical neutrons created by the lasers in the facility where they're filming.

The best reaction is by Benedict Cumberbatch, who reads a paper he'd signed about the application of the cream.

And then there was the shaking, to remove the neutron radiation...

Safety First (Neutron Creme Prank) 
Star Trek Into Darkness

Actor Karl Urban talked at length about how he was ensnared by Simon Pegg and Chris Pine (who was also in on the joke):
“...we were shooting Star Trek 2 – there’s not much I can say about it but I can say this: in San Francisco, in this top secret facility, you know, the kind of place they fire laser beams at shit and see what happens. They’d been shooting there a week and I came in and went out for drinks the night before with Pine and Pegg and those guys and they’re talking about this ‘neutron cream’, to combat the radiation. 
So, I’m like, ‘What?! Radiation?’ And they said, ‘Oh yeah, there’s a low dose of radiation that comes from this facility and they’ve given us this cream.’ And I was like, ‘Ah… ok,’ and for some reason I just bought it, of course."
For his full account of the elaborate prank, go to:
Star Trek Into Darkness – Neutron Cream: The Greatest Film Prank Ever – Karl Urban Was The Final Victim, The SciFi Show>>

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