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2.James Michael Tyler, aka Gunther, Was actually a barista when he was cast into the show.He was initially cast as an extra in what was then a nameless role. He continued working as a barista during the first four seasons. After his role was established and he had to go for the shoots all days of the week, he realized he did not have time to run a coffee shop and became a full time actor.
3.Lisa Kudrow hated playing the guitar Kudrow said in an interview, I didnt like the guitar. I wasnt getting it. So I think I even asked, What if she plays the bongos? They ended up bringing a guitar teacher in, but that didnt last long. Kudrow learned a couple of chords, and then announced that she was done with the lessons. She decided that Phoebe would only know a handful of chords anyway. And thank goodness because Smelly Cat is perfect just the way it is.
4.Phoebe was originally conceived as a Goth girl.I dont have to say much! The title says it all. Can you imagine Phoebe all decked up in black, with occult themed tattoos all over her?
5.The show was originally called Insomnia Cafe, and a bunch of other things.The creators of Friends initially wrote a pitch for Insomnia Caf. In addition to the different title, the plot itself was quite different from what we know as Friends. For example, Ross and Rachel weren't the key relationship. Instead, Joey and Monica were supposed to be love interests. After NBC bought the pilot, the title became Friends like Us. By the time they shot it, the title had switched again to Six of One. When the show premiered on September 22, 1994, they finally decided to go with Friends.
6.The cast went on a Vegas trip before the show aired.Director James Burrows, who went on to direct a handful of episodes for the show between 1995 and 1997, brought the six cast members to Vegas because he had a feeling about the show. While they were at Caesars Palace, he encouraged the group to enjoy themselves. This is your last shot at anonymity, he told them. Once the show comes on the air, you guys will never be able to go anywhere without being hounded.Friends fans might remember Caesars Palace as the place Ross and Rachel got married on a whim in the fifth season finale
7.They were the first cast to negotiate as a group.During the first season, they were each receiving around $22,000 per episode. But allegedly, by the second season, each actor had a slightly different salary. In 1997, all six cast members refused to work until they all earned an equal salary of $100,000 per episode. This was big news. Usually actors often threaten to boycott the show if they are not satisfied with the pay. But protesting as a group was unheard of. This negotiation worked very well. By the final season, each cast member was earning $1 million per episode.
8.The cast had a huddle before every episode.Every week before filming commenced, the cast would get together for a moment to prepare for the show. This was the moment that David Schwimmer was dreading before the finale because he knew it would make him emotional. I started to lose it in this ritual that we had before the show," he said, "which is just a group hug, kind of get in a little circle, right before we come out. And that was the moment I was dreading for a long time because I knew that moment of just looking at everyone in their eyes, and saying Have a good show, and knowing that was the last time we were going to be able to be in our little circle.
9.Joey wasnt written as a dim character. Matt LeBlanc suggested it.Thank god he suggested it. Can you Imagine Joey with super intelligence? I definitely cant!
10. An apt memorabilia at the end of a beautiful journeyWhen the last season ended, each cast member was given a piece of the sidewalk from outside Central Perk as a keepsake. They must get nostalgic every time they see that piece.
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