‘Modern Family’: ‘Friends’ Co-Stars Were Considered for Roles within the Dunphy Family

by Jeremy Spirogis
Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani on

Many stars have been thought-about to hitch the forged of Modern Family. It seems two stars of Friends have been thought-about for roles within the Dunphy household. Find out who they have been and why they turned it down.

Craig T. Nelson walked away from ‘Modern Family’ due to cash

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Craig T. Nelson was initially supplied the function of Jay Pritchett after somebody flipped a coin as a result of they have been caught between him and Ed O’Neill. However, issues broke down when it got here to negotiations. Casting director Jeff Greenberg talked about this within the ebook, “Modern Family: The Untold Oral History of One of Television’s Groundbreaking Sitcoms.”

“He wanted star money, and it wasn’t a star show,” Greenberg claimed in response to Page Six. “It’s an ensemble show. I understand from his agent that he regretted his decision. I’m not surprised.”

That wasn’t the one cause issues didn’t work out. Modern Family co-creator, Steve Levitan mentioned the rumors that Nelson is “difficult” and his Glenn Beck interview made them change their minds.

“That scared us, frankly,” he mentioned. “There was a lack of self-awareness there and compassion that worried us. Meanwhile, all we kept hearing is that Ed O’Neill is the nicest person on the planet. We decided to pull the offer and go to Ed.”

Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc have been being thought-about for Claire and Phil

Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani on 'Friends'
Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani on ‘Friends’ | NBCU Photo Bank

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Lisa Kudrow, who performed Phoebe Buffay, was thought-about to play the mom of three. Matt LeBlanc, who performed Joey Tribbiani, nearly performed her husband.

The function of Claire Dunphy may need been a change for Kudrow. Claire is humorous however by means of being an uptight particular person. LeBlanc, then again, would simply match into the function of Phil who’s goofy like Joey.

LeBlanc informed USA Today that he turned down the function. “I remember reading it thinking, this is a really good script, (but) I’m not the guy for this,” he mentioned. “I’d be doing the project an injustice to take this. I know what I can do, I know what I can’t do. Plus, I’m having too much fun laying on the couch.”

Krudow additionally talked about passing up the function. “I thought, ‘I don’t know what I’d do with it,’” she mentioned in response to Access. “And, so, you know, that’s all. Julie Bowen does know what to do with it, so, it’s all as it should be.”

The ‘Friends’ forged is reuniting

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Fans didn’t get the prospect to look at the co-stars play a married couple. But they’ll get to see the forged collectively once more.

Kudrow, LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Matthew Perry are reuniting for a particular on HBO Max. The unscripted particular will present them and collection creators, David Crane and Marta Kauffman speaking about their experiences filming the present. The manufacturing of the particular is on maintain due the pandemic.

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