Facts You Probably Didn't Know About 'Friends'
Friends is the best thing ever happened to human beings post evolution. Here are some amazing facts about'F.R.I.E.N.D.S' that will blow your mind for sure.
Joey was originally pictured as an intellectual guy. But Matt LeBlanc convinced them that Joey should be a little slow. Thank God for that.
#10 The Apartment Numbers
Midway in the first season, Monica and Chandler's apartment number changes. At the beginning of the series, Monica's door had the number 5 on it. The producers later realized that didn't make sense as Monica lived on a higher floor. They changed her apartment number to 20. The number on Chandler's apartment changed as well from 4 to 19.
#9 Addiction Issues
We almost lost Perry twice while FRIENDS was still on to drugs and alcohol. In 1997, Perry went to rehab for an addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol. He went again in 2001. He later told People, "I was never high at work. I was painfully hung over. Then eventually things got so bad I couldn't hide it and everybody knew."
#8 Almost No Rachel In Last Season
That's right. Aniston almost pulled herself off the last season of FRIENDS. By the time the show ended, Aniston was probably the most famous cast member. She had been in films like The Good Girl and Bruce Almighty and was married to Brad Pitt. But eventually, she agreed to the final season.
#7 Kudrow Thought Chandler's Character Was Gay
This is a known fact that initially, Kudrow thought that Chandler's character was actually gay. Hence those constant jokes in the series on Chandler.
#6 Ross Was Written For Schwimmer
The character of Ross was actually written keeping Schwimmer in mind. Executive producer Kevin Bright had worked with Schwimmer before and he was the first person to come on board for FRIENDS.
#5 The Most Difficult Scene
The most difficult scene to shoot was the episode where Rachel hears Ben's first words. The baby was supposed to stay quiet but instead kept responding ‘Dada’ every time Schwimmer asked him to do so.
#4 A trip to Vegas
Before the show aired on TV, the cast went to Las Vegas. Apparently, director James Burrows had a "feeling" about the show and paid for everything. While they were at Caesar's Palace, he said to them "This is your last shot at anonymity. Once the show comes on the air, you guys will never be able to go anywhere without being hounded."
Later, the show was shot in the same hotel in Season 5.
#3 The Title
Originally, the title wasn't FRIENDS. In the early '90s, the creators of Friends, David Crane and Marta Kauffman, wrote a seven-page pitch for Insomnia Cafe. After NBC bought the pilot, the title became Friends Like Us. NBC president Warren Littlefield came up with another title that was also considered, Across the Hall. But then finally they decided on FRIENDS.
#2 LISA KUDROW HATED PLAYING GUITAR
You cannot separate Phoebe and her guitar but Lisa hated playing it. Kudrow later recalled, "I didn't like the guitar. I wasn't getting it. So I think I even asked, 'What if she plays the bongos?'.
#1 The Ritual Of A Group Hug Before Every Show
The cast had a ritual of a group hug before the shoot starts. This was the moment that David Schwimmer was dreading before the finale because he knew it would make him emotional. "I started to lose it in this ritual that we had before the show," he said, "which is just a group hug, kind of get in a little circle, right before we come out. And that was the moment I was dreading for a long time because I knew that moment of just looking at everyone in their eyes, and saying 'Have a good show,' and knowing that was the last time we were going to be able to be in our little circle."
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