Ok, for some reason, I have rediscovered “Friends” again. I watched the show in the past, but definitely not every single episode. I find myself cracking up and seriously relating to the show lately, maybe because of where I am in my life? I don’t know. I found some really fun trivia about the show and thought I’d share with you…do you love the show as much as I do? I’m curious, what’s your favorite episode and why?
—Courteney Cox was originally asked to play Rachel, but she asked to play Monica instead after reading the parts.
—Jon Favreau was offered the role of Chandler Bing. He later returned as a guest star during the 1997 season as Pete Becker, Monica’s millionaire boyfriend.
—The golden frame around the peephole was originally a mirror which one of the crew accidentally smashed. But because it still looked good they decided to leave it there.
—Because of a bet between Matthew Perry and Bruce Willis on the set of The Whole Nine Yards (which Perry won), Willis appeared in his two-episode guest role for free.
—When Matt LeBlanc auditioned for the role he only had $11 dollars to his name. When the cast got their paychecks, the first thing that Courteney Cox bought was a car. Matt LeBlanc bought a hot dinner.
—Lisa Kudrow was terrified of the duck that showed up in Season 3.
—Is filmed on the same soundstage that was used for the filming of the sitcom Full Houseduring the last two seasons (1993-1995) of it’s eight year run (1987-1995). The pilot of “F·r·i·e·n·d·s” was shot on stage 33 (the same stage as Living Single) at the Warner Ranch, and the first season was shot is Warner Bros Stage 5, now the home ofEverybody Loves Raymond) from 1987-1995.
—When Tom Selleck made his initial on-set appearances, he received standing ovations. These would render his entrances unusable, prompting the need for later re-shoots without the audience.
—No Friend ever made more money doing the show than any others. They started out making $22,500 per episode and ended up making $1,000,000 per episode. All negotiations were done in unison. Kudrow said, “The six of us are far stronger than just one person.”
—Courteney Cox is the only regular cast member to not receive an Emmy nomination for their work on the show.
—The artwork in Central Perk is changed every three episodes.
—Joey’s statue of a white dog was originally given to Jennifer Aniston as a good luck present from her best friend when she started acting. She offered to lend it to the show for the episode where Joey became rich and bought a lot of stuff. After that episode, the producers decided to keep it.
—The orange couch used in Central Perk was found in the basement of the Warner Bros. studio.
—Lisa Kudrow based her hippie character Phoebe on her co-star Jennifer Aniston – because of the actress’ interest in “spiritual” subjects.
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