‘Friends’: Why Jennifer Aniston and Other Actors Were Reportedly ‘Nervous’ About Courteney Cox and Matt Leblanc’s Castings

by Jeremy Spirogis
Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, and David Schwimmer

Friends has lengthy been thought-about top-of-the-line exhibits in TV historical past. With its complicated storylines, sizable solid, and colourful characters, it supplied an actual have a look at grownup life in ways in which hadn’t essentially been captured earlier than. The friendship amongst Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, Joey, Rachel, and Ross set an instance for many individuals and continues to be deemed #FriendshipGoals all these years later. But in actual life, a few of the actors who portrayed these characters reportedly had qualms about others being solid on the present.

Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, and David Schwimmer
Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, and David Schwimmer as Dr. Ross Geller |NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal by way of Getty Images by way of Getty Images

‘Friends’ debuted on NBC in 1994

Created by writers David Crane and Marta Kauffman, Friends is centered on six pals who share the identical house constructing in Manhattan, New York. Crane and Kauffman started creating it within the early ’90s after CBS canceled one other program of theirs, Family Album, and finally acquired NBC to choose up Friends (by way of NBC News).

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The present debuted in 1994 and have become an enormous hit, lauded for its comedy issue and the camaraderie between the characters. After its premiere, the actors opened as much as People in regards to the present and spoke in regards to the casting selections and extra.

Jennifer Aniston and different actors had been reportedly “nervous” about Courtney Cox and Matt Leblanc being solid on the present

The interview mentions that Courteney Cox made “everyone” nervous as a result of, as David Schwimmer put it, “she was the one big name in the cast.” At the time, Cox was essentially the most well-known individual on the present as a result of roles in tasks like I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1988) and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994). But Cox reportedly turned out to be a kind of “den mother” on the set of Friends.

Matthew Perry famous, “She was actually the first person to speak up about us being a team” — one thing that was essential to Cox after reportedly coming from a present “where there wasn’t that much camaraderie.”

As far as Matt LeBlanc, a few of the solid members had been reportedly nervous about him being solid within the present as a result of his background. As Nicki Swift mentions, “He seemed like a rough-and-tumble kind of guy. His dad was a mechanic, and his mother made circuit boards.” Jennifer Aniston informed the outlet she brushed him off as a result of she “was scared of that type of guy.” But as soon as all of them acquired to know one another, they “bonded instantly,” she stated.

“I think what really made me realize how close we were was when we started doing interviews and reporters would ask us questions about each other, like ‘What do you really think of so-and-so?’ ” added Lisa Kudrow. “Those questions felt really personal to me, and I knew these people had become part of my life. I was deliberately vague with my answers.”

Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Matt Le Blank as Joey Tribbiani, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, and Courteney Cox as Monica Geller | David Bjerke/NBCU Photo Bank

The present went on for ten profitable seasons earlier than going off the air in 2004.

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Will there ever be a ‘Friends’ reboot?

So far, there aren’t any plans to do a complete reboot. But there’s a Friends reunion on the way in which.

The reunion was introduced in February and was supposed to begin filming the next month, however it has confronted delays because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Stay tuned to Showbiz Cheat Sheet for extra updates as they change into out there.

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