'Friends': Things That Fans Might Have Missed
Like every TV show, Friends too, have many behind-the-scenes secrets, which are not as secret anymore. The producers, writers, and cast members have been giving interviews about the long-lasting show for years, thanks to which we got to find out some juicy facts about the show. Here are some things you probably didn’t know about Friends!
In the fashion of old-school sit-coms, Friends too was filmed in a studio with a live audience. Sessions usually lasted five hours, and around 300 fans got to sit through them. The whole idea behind this was to test out the material before it airs, and also, to get some natural laughs from the audience. The energy on set was arguably much more vibrant too!
Lisa Kudrow’s Guitar Skills
We all know and love Phoebe and her musical performances on the show, but much like Phoebe, Lisa Kudrow was not much of a guitar player. The production did try to get the actress music tutors, but nothing worked, which is why Phoebe ended up with iconic hits like ‘Smelly Cat’, which are genius for how bad they are.
A Different Rachel
We can’t even imagine any of the Friends characters being played by someone else, but that could have been a reality. Courtney Cox was originally asked to play Rachel, but she refused and requested to be Monica as she preferred her strong character. Courtney was the most famous of all the actors at the time, which is why she was initially offered the most prominent role.
Gunther’s Iconic Hair
Gunther, despite being a mere supporting character, stood out because of his character and his style. His hair might be the most memorable thing about him, but his platinum hairdo was an accident! His hairdresser friend practiced bleaching on him a day before his audition, so Guther stuck with the hair for the whole duration of the show.
A Different Phoebe
It was not just Rachel who might have been played by someone else. Phoebe too could have been cast very differently at the time. The role was originally for Ellen DeGeneres, but she turned the offer down, after which the producers had to look elsewhere, and thankfully ended up with Lisa Kudrow.
The Famous Sofa
One of the most iconic furniture pieces in Friends is surely the sofa from Central Perk, but its history is less glamorous than you might think. The sofa was found in the basement of the Warner Bros. studios and immediately fit the atmosphere of the cafe so well, that the producers kept it in.
The Animals Of Friends
Marcel the monkey wasn’t the only animal to make it to the set of Friends. In fact, there were many more. You must remember the duck and chicken which Joey and Chandler take care of. Well, Lisa Kudrow was apparently scared of the duck, and we bet trying to film with multiple animals in one room couldn’t have been easy either.
The Awkward Chandler
Some character traits of the Friends were written in after the actors were cast, and for a good reason. The producers wanted to make sure that they reflected the real people who played them, so for example, Chandler became known for his awkwardness with women, because the actor who played him shared that he was like that in real life.
Joey And Rachel
There were so many unexpected romantic twists in Friends. One of the big ones was when Joey and Rachel got together, and it was so big in fact, that the cast went to the producers to share their concerns about this decision. After all, they too, knew very well that Rachel was to be with Ross and no one else.
Keeping Track Of The Jokes
You might be surprised as to how much thought had to go into the development of the humor in Friends. The writers actually used pie charts to keep track of the characters’ jokes, making sure that they all had the same amount. The Friends set was, after all, a fair environment, where everyone got to be equally as funny as the next guy.
We can’t imagine Friends being any other group of people than it was, but originally, there were only supposed to be four people in the main roles. Phoebe and Chandler were meant as supporting roles, and not as a part of the core group, but we are glad the producers reconsidered this after seeing the chemistry between everyone.
The Theme Song
Friends have one of the most memorable theme songs on any TV show, and The Rembrandts piece - ‘I’ll Be There For You’ became an international hit, topping all the charts. However, a different song was almost used! R.E.M.’s ‘Shiny Happy People’ came as a close second, and we are glad it did.
The surprising decision of Phoebe surrogating her brother’s triplets was written into the show after Lisa Kudrow announced she was pregnant in real life. However, her belly didn’t grow enough to look like she was carrying triplets, which is why costume designers had to do their magic to add some volume.
The Humor Of Matthew Perry
Out of all the actors, only Matthew Perry was let in to attend the screenwriting for the show. His unique talent for everything funny added a lot of character to the show, and it certainly also shined though Chandler as well. He helped the writers with many punchlines, and one could argue that the Friends scripts would not be the same without him.
Friends is an iconic show with millions of dedicated fans all over the world, and we will simply never get tired of rewatching the series and learning more about its background. The show created a universe that undoubtedly sucked us in, and getting to delve into it even deeper through finding out some trivia about it is one of the legacies the show left us.