Surprising ‘Friends’ Facts Even The Biggest Fans Don’t Know

Surprising Friends Facts You Never Knew Before

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Friends FactsIt won’t be wrong to say that ‘Friends’ is one of the most appreciated and addicting sitcoms in the history of entertainment. It is natural for fans to look up information about the cast. But below are some completely unheard facts about the show even the fanatics are unaware of-

  1. Lisa Kudrow hated playing guitar at first. She decided that Phoebe would only know a handful of chords.
  2. The cast of six was originally meant to be four focusing on Monica, Rachel, Ross and Joey, with Phoebe and Chandler conceived only as supporting characters.
  1. Ross and Rachel weren’t meant to be the central romance of the series. That was due to David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston’s chemistry.
  2. Hank Azaria, who plays David- the scientist guy, auditioned for the role of Joey twice before the show went into production.
  3. NBC originally thought the cast was too young and immature so it asked writers to include an older character who gave advice to them.
  4. Jon Favreau, who played Monica’s millionaire boyfriend Pete Becker, was originally offered the part of Chandler Bing.
  5. Actress Maggie Wheeler who played Janice sounds NOTHING like her. she made the voice up during her audition, based on people she knew.
  6. Gunther’s hair was bleached every week for 10 years, because he is naturally brunette.
  7. Courteney Cox is actually older than David Schwimmer, despite playing his younger sister.
  8. The average Friends episode took five hours  to film.
  9. Courtney Cox is the only regular cast member that didn’t not get an Emmy nomination. Everybody else got nominated at least once.
  10. David Schwimmer was the first of the main six actors to be cast in the show.
  1. Jennifer Aniston was the last of the main six actors to be cast in the show.
  1. Matthew Perry once had to be Courteney Cox’s slave for five months when he lost a bet over whether Anthony Michael Hall said the line “Chicks cannot hold their smoke. Dat’s what it is,” in The Breakfast Club or Weird Science. The correct answer is The Breakfast Club!
  2. Courteney Cox reportedly said in an interview that Joey’s big white dog statue belonged to her husband David Arquette. But some trivia sites claim it was a “good luck gift” someone gave to Jennifer Aniston on her first day on set.
  3. Gunther didn’t have a name until the middle of the second season.
  4. Gunther didn’t even have a line until the show’s 33rd episode, when he said “yeah”.
  5. Ross is 29 years old for three years.
  6. Like Monica and Chandler, Courteney Cox and her husband David Arquette had trouble getting pregnant.
  7. Courteney Cox had to film the scene in which Rachel has Emma just after having a miscarriage.
  8. Lisa Kudrow has a BSc in Biology.
  9. Matthew Perry once had to be Courteney Cox’s slave for five months when he lost a bet over whether Anthony Michael Hall said the line “Chicks cannot hold their smoke. Dat’s what it is,” in The Breakfast Club or Weird Science. The correct answer is The Breakfast Club!
  10. Kudrow was afraid of the duck who made an appearance in season three.
  1. Cox was a neat freak just like Monica and would clean the others’ dressing rooms.
  1. Marcel was played by two monkeys, Monkey and Katie.
  2. Producers originally wanted Courteney Cox to play Rachel, but she asked to play Monica because the character was so strong.
  3. The actors, led by David Schwimmer, held an “intervention” for Jennifer Aniston because of her lateness to the set.
  1. Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer played video games (Super Mario) between takes.
  1. Cox had a special place called “Courteney’s Candy Cabinet” on the “Friends” set as she was addicted to candy bars.
  1. All of the six main characters have kissed each other at one point except Monica and Phoebe.
  2. June Gable, who played Joey’s agent Estelle Leonard, also played a nurse in the episode where Carol gives birth to Ben.
  3. David Schwimmer directed 10 Friends
  4. When Rachel is trying to find a new officiate for Chandler and Monica’s wedding, she finds a Greek Orthodox priest coming out of the Anastassakis/Papasifakis wedding. Anastassakis is Jennifer Aniston’s family name.
  5. Rachel’s romance with Joey only came about because the writers wanted a way to delay her getting back together with Ross. It wasn’t decided on until half way through the season.
  6. Chandler was written as a character who was awkward around women because Matthew Perry told producers that he himself was.
  7. The actor who plays Joshua’s father in the show is actually Matthew Perry’s father, John Bennett Perry.
  8. In the last episode, it is mentioned that all six characters have lived in Monica’s apartment. They have all also lived in Joey’s apartment.
  1. NBC originally thought Central Perk was too trendy and wanted to set the show in a diner
  2. When the last series ended, Jennifer Aniston and her then-husband Brad Pitt hosted a dinner party at their home. They served bottles of wine that producer Kevin Bright had saved from the first series.
  3. Bruce Willis (Elizabeth’s father) appeared on the show after losing a bet to Matthew Perry. Apparently Perry was quite the gambler. He got into a debate with Willis while the two were making The Whole Nine Yards. Perry believed that the film would be number one in the box office on its opening weekend, but Willis disagreed. In February 2000, the film was number one. As a result of the bet, he had to donate his earnings for the guest starring to charity.

Are you aware of any other Friends’ fact that should be on this list? If yes, please comment below and share your feedback with us.

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  1. It’s true, this show is the most appreciated and addicting sitcoms, and one of the most successful TV show, I believe. I don’t know about all these facts, but speaking about Kudrow and guitar, I still remember her voice singing something about cat LOL.

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