Get to know your ‘Friends’ even better.
1. 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.
2. Before the show was cast, the main love interest was intended to be Monica and Joey.
3. Courteney Cox was originally asked to play Rachel, but she asked to play Monica instead after reading the parts.
4. The orange couch used in Central Perk was found in the basement of the Warner Bros. studio.
5. Because of a bet between Matthew Perry and Bruce Willis on the set of The Whole Nine Yards (2000) (which Perry won), Willis appeared in his two-episode guest role for free.
6. Giovanni Ribisi plays Pheobe’s brother, Frank Jr in later episodes, but he also has a small cameo in the earlier seasons. He plays a boy who accidentally throws a condom into Pheobe’s guitar case instead of a coin.
7. Matt LeBlanc showed up on the day of the audition with a large ugly cut on his nose resulting from a tumble and a land on the edge of a sharp toilet seat.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. The original idea for the show was going to focus on four characters with Phoebe and Chandler in supporting roles. In the early stages the creators toyed with the idea of Chandler being gay. They changed their mind when they met Matthew Perry. They did, however, insert many jokes about Chandler having gay mannerisms (not knowing about sports, loving show tunes, etc.).
11. Hank Azaria auditioned for the role of Joey. After being rejected, he begged to audition again. He auditioned again and was rejected again, but he later appeared as David, Phoebe’s scientist boyfriend.
12. Ellen DeGeneres turned down the role of Phoebe Buffay.
13. The artwork in Central Perk is changed every three episodes.
14. The main characters from the show are named after All My Children (1970) characters. Ross for Ross Chandler, Joey for Joey Martin, Chandler for the Chandler family, Monica for Monique/Daisy Cortland, Rachel Greene for Janet Green, and Phoebe for Phoebe Tyler Wallingford.
15. 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.
16. Lisa Kudrow based her hippie character Phoebe on her co-star Jennifer Aniston – because of the actress’ interest in “spiritual” subjects.
17. Jon Cryer was originally offered the role of Chandler Bing.
18. James Michael Tyler was actually working in Bourgeois Pig, a coffee shop in Hollywood, when he got the part of Gunther. He kept his coffee gig for the first four seasons of Friends.
19. First choice for Rachel was Téa Leoni.
20. The role of Phoebe was originally offered to Janeane Garofalo, but she turned it down. Phoebe was originally written to be a “goth” girl.
Scouted via IMDb