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In 2015, Friends hits Netflix – 21 years after it first premiered on NBC – for your binge-watching pleasure. Here are 10 fun facts about Friends to get ready for the online streaming goodness.
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- 11 dollars. Matt LeBlanc only had $11 to his name when he was hired to play Joey on Friends.
- Bruce Willis. The actor only appeared on Friends because he lost a bet with Matthew Perry. Willis bet that The Whole Nine Yards, which also starred Matthew Perry, wouldn’t be a box office hit. It grossed $106 million worldwide. Bruce Willis donated his fee for appearing on Friends to charity.
- Maxwell’s House. Matthew Perry pitched NBC on a sitcom called Maxwell’s House, which was about a group of 20-somethings in 1993. The broadcast network decline because they were already working on Friends, which premiered a year later in 1994.
- Courtney Cox for Rachel. Originally, Courtney Cox was cast as Rachel, but declined the role because she wanted to play Monica instead.
- Insomnia Café. Friends was almost called Insomina Café. Other titles that were also considered were Across The Hall, Friends Like Us, Six of One, and, finally Friends.
- Jon Favreau for Chandler. Matthew Perry almost didn’t get the role of Chandler because he was in another pilot called LAX 2194, which was about the airport LAX in the future. Lucky, it wasn’t picked up for series and Perry landed Friends instead. Jon Cryer was also up for Chandler and Favreau appeared on Friends as Monica’s millionaire boyfriend.
- “I’ll Be There For You.” The opening titles sequence was shot on Warner Bros’ backlot in Los Angeles and not in Gramercy Park or Central Park.
- Ursula Buffay. Phoebe’s twin sister, also played by Lisa Kudrow, was a regular on NBC’s Mad About You.
- Never Been Kissed. Monica & Phoebe are the only two people on Friends who have never kissed each other. Every combination of the cast have kissed each other, either on the show, in flashbacks, or alternative storylines.
- SNL. Jennifer Aniston almost declined the role of Rachel to join the cast of Saturday Night Live.