Acting tough: Bieber's UFC tweet to Tom Cruise sparks online craze to call out veteran actors
On Sunday, the 'Baby' singer inexplicably called out Cruise, who starred in his first Mission Impossible film when the Canadian was just two years old, to a fight in the UFC octagon, tagging promotion head honcho Dana White in an attempt to make the fight happen.
Former UFC two-weight champ Conor McGregor then jumped on the hype, offering to host any potential match up, before going on to himself challenge actor Mark Wahlberg for his UFC stake.Also on rt.com Mission Improbable: Is Conor McGregor finally cracking up by calling out Hollywood?
Most social media users were incredulous as to why Bieber would call out a man well past the prime fighting age, while also deriding the youngster - who doesn't exactly cut the toughest of figures - as having slim to no chance against Cruise.
Twitter users quickly picked up on the news, and quickly invented a craze of challenging actors exactly three decades and one year older than them to fight, beginning with 'The Killing Fields' star Sam Waterston.
Justin Bieber is 25, Tom Cruise is 56.— Misnomer (@Misnomer) June 10, 2019
Challenge an actor 31 years older than you to a fight. I’ll go first…
Sam Waterston, you’re a punk, and due for an ass beating. Name the place. pic.twitter.com/DZGjmzPvUD
A string of verified users got in on the act, enthusiastically calling out Hollywood's golden oldies, with older and even elderly screen stars being called out for a duel, regardless of their advanced years.
The result was a host of weird and wonderful pairings that eclipsed the initial peculiarity surrounding a Bieber versus Cruise match up - and no one was safe - with John Cleese and even Meryl Streep all getting the call-out treatment.
Oh boy. Meryl Streep it is. I’ll see you in the ring Mamma Mia. Don’t be a coward and hide behind your trophies. It’s time you face the sound of chaos and rage. https://t.co/y9nrALnqgU— Josh Gad (@joshgad) June 11, 2019
Max Von Sydow, Ming is a ding-a-ling! Let's dance, viking Jesus. pic.twitter.com/i2WtHPdesL— Clancy Brown (@RealClancyBrown) June 11, 2019
Those are the rules.— Clancy Brown (@RealClancyBrown) June 11, 2019
I didn't make 'em.
Sorry John Cleese you gotta catch these hands pic.twitter.com/GA7FHR16cl— Eric Haywood (@EricHaywood) June 11, 2019
Wilford Brimley, you're mine! pic.twitter.com/QZxqK0fLM9— Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann) June 11, 2019
Others didn't seem so sure of their chances quite as much, and there were a range of lesser-fancied dust ups, from hardened Western star and all-round macho man Clint Eastwood, Rocky and Rambo star Sylvester Stallone, to Sir Ian McKellen.
Surprisingly, US President Donald Trump made the cut due to his cameo appearance in Home Alone 2, in which he directs a young Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) to the lobby in one of his hotels.
He is pretty old though. I think I could beat him at Fortnite.— Kevin Sussman (@KevinSussman) June 11, 2019
Sylvester Stallone is 31 years older than me and I CHALLENGE him to a oh wait shit Sly would absolutely kick my ass and then write another Rocky movie about it never mind please don't hurt me Mr. Stallone.— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) June 11, 2019
So give it a try yourself. Who will you face off against under in the UFC octagon? Given his interest in the Bieber versus Cruise fight, maybe this could even be a new technique for Conor McGregor to match fights under his fledgling McGregor Sports and Entertainment banner.