Jimmy Kimmel takes no shortcuts when it comes to pranking his friends.
The 2018 Oscars host revealed to Theroux on Kimmel’s talk show how he put the wheels in motion for an epic prank while Theroux was in Texas last week.
Kimmel said he felt like Theroux’s show “The Leftovers” is “just one of these shows that people need to catch up to—start and watch and enjoy the whole thing. So, you’re in Texas, as we mentioned. I know you’re nervous, but I don’t want you to be nervous, because this is going to be funny.”
“This is a great idea, okay?” Kimmel insisted before revealing that “Your wife, Jennifer Aniston, helped me out.”
The 49-year-old shared how Theroux received a “recall notice” just before leaving for the trip. “There was nothing wrong with the car,” Kimmel confessed. “While you were gone, we got the keys to your car. It was not being repaired. There’s nothing wrong with the drive shaft. What we did was—because I feel like HBO could be doing a better job of promoting this for you—we had some experts adorn your car in a way that I think is going to bring you a lot of attention.”
And so the talk show host unveiled the 45-year-old actor’s car in all its naked glory. One side of the car was adorned with a nude Theroux slithering out of the bathtub in Season 2. The other side featured a photo from Theroux’s 2016 issue of Men’s Health and a 2017 Emmys campaign slogan: “Justin Time for the Emmy Nominations.”
To top things off, the hood of the car featured a shirtless paparazzi photo of the “Zoolander” star along with the phrase: “I’d Eat These Leftovers.”
“This is what people will see as you drive around town. We even went so far as to put a hood ornament on the car,” Kimmel laughed.