Ahead of the highly anticipated ‘Friends: The Reunion’ special, the star cast of much-loved show, including Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer, appeared for an interview to discuss the casual ‘no dating pact’ the male actors agreed to. According to Fox News, the ‘Friends’ stars had a conversation with Access. During the interaction, when asked whether the cast members made an effort to avoid hooking up with one another the 51-year-old star Perry said,” There was a rule that we had [that] was really important to the six of us that we kept a friendship, that we were friends.” Friends Reunion: Cast, Special Cameos, How to Stream Online – All You Need To Know About The Special Episode Arriving on ZEE5 and HBO Max.
“If we were hooking up or there was any strangeness going on, that might mess with things,” added Perry. He continues to add: “So we kept a friendship, and we did become really good friends – and we are really good friends to this day.” The actor explained that it was director James Burrows who “initiated” the rule. Talking on the same lines, the 54-year-old star Schwimmer chimed in, “We didn’t want to jeopardize any of the great relationships and friendships we were forming and had established. It was kind of an unspoken [rule].” Added LeBlanc: “We are like siblings.” OTT Releases of the Week: Ben Winston’s Friends Reunion on ZEE5, Emma Stone’s Cruella on Disney+ Hotstar, Sidharth Shukla’s Broken But Beautiful Season 3 on ALTBalaji and More.
As reported by Fox News, the trio had a hard time pegging who would have been a good pairing should that rule not have been in place. “Me and Schwimmer probably,” joked LeBlanc. They also dished on the show’s historic guest stars, with the program famously nabbing movie-level talent in a time when crossover between film and television was not terribly common. Perry admitted, “I think probably Sean Penn coming on and being really funny was the biggest surprise,” noting that it was “intimidating” to work with the dramatic actor. He recalled, “He [Penn] happened to come on [during] a week when I was dressed as a pink bunny rabbit.”
Schwimmer, who was dressed as a “giant potato” joked that he “wasn’t intimidated at all by Sean Penn.” “It was kind of depressing that we were not able to exude our dramatic acting skills around Sean Penn, but it was fun watching him be funny,” Perry said. Meanwhile, when Access asked Aniston, Cox, and Kudrow about the “pact,” the co-stars said they did not remember talking about one, which led host Kit Hoover to joke that the guys made it up because the ladies “did not want any part of them.” “Quite possibly true,” Aniston said.
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