The Cast Members of ‘Seinfeld’ Weren’t Friends, According to Jason Alexander

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer made so many stops at “the coffee shop,” and went by way of a lot collectively within the 9 seasons of Seinfeld. The foursome’s friendship was strong, even as much as their imprisonment by the collection finale.

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So it’s arduous to consider, based on Jason Alexander, who brilliantly performed George Costanza, that for the solid members in actual life, it was all simply business.

They appeared like such good associates on ‘Seinfeld’

The 4 characters, at the least on the enduring and often-quoted comedy collection, gave the impression to be good associates. Or perhaps they had been by no means capable of finding every other individuals who may stand being with them.

Through thick and skinny, by way of bets, relationships, and infinite meals and flicks collectively, when Jerry, George, Kramer, or Elaine had an issue or some minute element to report about their day, they’d flip to 1 one other. Or at the least to Jerry’s residence, the place they’d all in the end present up.

Peter Mehlman, one in all Seinfeld‘s producers and writers, stated it greatest in talking with Rotten Tomatoes in 2019, “Characters on exhibits now are mainly so good to one another and if they aren’t, they apologize. On Seinfeld, they screwed one another over each single week and remained better of associates the subsequent week.”

Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld’s enduring real-life friendship

Larry David, star of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and Jerry Seinfeld have been associates for many years. Perhaps, like Jerry and George, it’s a friendship of comfort, however both method, it’s labored out fairly lucratively for each males.

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Author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong explains how the 2 comedy legends met, in her ebook Seinfeldia: The Secret World of the Show About Nothing that Changed Everything.

“Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld first noted their comedic affinity for each other when Seinfeld read some comedic material David had ‘gifted’ a friend, Carol Leifer, for her birthday,” Armstrong writes. “David — nearly broke — had given Leifer some jokes as a birthday ‘gift.’ Too drunk to read them aloud, she handed them off to Seinfeld; he killed, which suggested some creative potential between the two men.”

The ‘Seinfeld’ solid members aren’t associates, says Jason Alexander

In actual life, Jason Alexander says, talking as an trade veteran, it’s all simply one other day on the workplace. What viewers see on a TV collection, like Seinfeld, like Friends, that pulls them in, that provides them a way of familiarity, properly, it’s not the identical in actual life.

Speaking with The Project in Mar. 2020, Alexander clarified that, whereas the solid members had been pleasant on set, that’s just about the place it ended.

“We were never social friends, we were work friends. We had very different lives,” he stated. “But we really hung out with each other at the show. We were work mates. After nine years, when the show ended, we kind of went, ‘Oh, bye, see ya!’ ” 

The actor stated he and his castmates do communicate now and again with birthday emails, and after they see one another after a protracted whereas, “it’s like no time has passed.”

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