David Schwimmer harpoons hopes for a Friends reunion

‘I’m not doing it for the money’: David Schwimmer harpoons hopes for a Friends reunion but suggests ‘all-black or all-Asian’ show reboot should be made

Friends star David Schwimmer has harpooned hopes for a reunion of the iconic sitcom but suggested an ‘all-black or all-Asian’ reboot of the show could work.

Speculation had hit fever pitch Friends was headed for a comeback to celebrate its 25th anniversary – after David, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrox, Matt Le Blanc and Matthew Perry – reunited on Instagram in October.

But David, 53, who played paleontologist Ross Geller on the show, shut down rumours of further episodes but said he would be open to an one-off, chat-show reunion in an interview with The Guardian.

Not to be: Friends star David Schwimmer has harpooned hopes for a reunion of the iconic sitcom (above Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing and Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green)

He said: ‘I just don’t think it’s possible, given everyone’s different career trajectories.

‘I think everyone feels the same: why mess with what felt like the right way to end the series? I don’t want to do anything for the money. 

‘It would have to make sense creatively and nothing I’ve heard so far presented to us makes sense. Maybe there should be an all-black ‘Friends’ or an all-Asian ‘Friends’.    

David said he was ‘well aware’ of the show’s lack of diversity and had campaigned for years’ for Ross to date women of colour.    

Iconic: But David, 53, who played paleontologist Ross Geller on the show (above), shut down rumours of further episodes but said he would be open to an one-off, chatshow reunion in an interview with The Guardian

Friends has come under fire in recent years after some claimed there were elements of sexism, homophobia and transphobia in the series -but David insisted he ‘doesn’t care’ about the disapproval, and says people should look at ‘what the show was trying to do at the time’.

The star said the show was groundbreaking in its time for the way in which it handled storylines such as sex, gay marriage and relationships    

The star added that he is still in touch with all his fellow cast members, adding he was probably closest ‘on a regular basis’ to Matt Le Blanc.      

He said: ‘I think everyone feels the same: why mess with what felt like the right way to end the series? I don’t want to do anything for the money’ (above with Jennifer Aniston)

The show originally ran for 10 seasons between 1994-2004 and made worldwide stars out of the six lead characters – Schwimmer, Aniston (Rachel Green), Cox (Monica Geller), Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay), Le Blanc (Joey Tribbiani) and Perry (Chandler Bing.)

In October, Jennifer shared an Instagram photo reuniting with her castmates, which broke world records and currently has 15.4 million likes.

David’s comments come after the much-lauded Friends reunion special was downgraded to a ‘maybe’ according to people at HBO.

When the premium network held their panel at the TCA Winter Tour on Wednesday HBO Max’s chief content officer Kevin Reilly addressed the special.

Throwback: ‘It would have to make sense creatively and nothing I’ve heard so far presented to us makes sense.’

‘There’s interest all the way around, and yet we can’t seem to quite get that interest aligned to push the button on it,’ he said. ‘Today, unfortunately, it’s still a maybe.’  

Friends fans were sent into a frenzy back in November when The Hollywood Reporter revealed a Friends reunion special was in the works at HBO Max.

That report indicated all six of the main stars – Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer – would return, along with series creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman.

The site’s sources stressed that the deals, ‘were far from done,’ and when they do close, they still have to figure out the schedules of all the busy stars.   

OMG: In October, Jennifer shared an Instagram photo reuniting with her castmates, which broke world records and currently has 15.4 million likes

A week after the news broke, an insider confirmed to People that the cast are in talks, but nothing is official and they were in no rush to make this happen.

‘It really depends on how things shake out,’ said the insider. ‘It has to be the right treatment, and the right timing.’

The source insisted it would not be a reboot and would be similar to the Will & Grace and Mad About You revivals, though it would be more, ‘freeform.’ 

‘We’d love for there to be something, but we don’t know what that something is,’ she said. ‘So we’re just trying — we’re really working on something.’   

Jennifer also mused about a potential reunion while appearing on the Ellen show in November.

‘We’d love for there to be something, but we don’t know what that something is,’ she said. ‘So we’re just trying — we’re really working on something.’     

Downgraded: David’s comments come after the much-lauded Friends reunion special was downgraded to a ‘maybe’ according to people at HBO

Life After Friends: How the Friends Stars Moved On From the Sitcom

25 years after its debut, Friends still remains one of television’s most enduring sitcoms, and now the stars may be reuniting. 

The Hollywood Reporter reported Tuesday that all six of the original Friends stars – Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc are in talks for a reunion special on HBO Max.

Since the show turned these rising stars into household names, we’re exploring their life after the hit show, which ran for 10 seasons.

Reunited: 25 years after its debut, Friends still remains one of television’s most enduring sitcoms, and now the stars may be reuniting

Fame: Cox had already parlayed her frame on the small screen to a burgeoning big screen career during the show, starring in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, the first three Scream movies and 3000 Miles to Graceland during Friends’ run

COURTENEY COX

Cox had already parlayed her frame on the small screen to a burgeoning big screen career during the show, starring in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, the first three Scream movies and 3000 Miles to Graceland during Friends’ run.

After Friends went off the air in 2004, she returned to the big screen in Zoom and The Tripper before returning to the small screen in Dirt.

The FX series aired for just two seasons between 2007 and 2008, after which she reunited with Lisa Kudrow on three episodes of Web Therapy in 2009 before starring on ABC’s Cougar Town.

Big screen: Cox had already parlayed her frame on the small screen to a burgeoning big screen career during the show, starring in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, the first three Scream movies and 3000 Miles to Graceland during Friends’ run

She starred in Cougar Town for all of its six season run between 2009 and 2015, the first four of which were on ABC and the last two on TBS.

After Cougar Town went off the air, Cox has acted sparingly, starring in one movie, 2016’s Mothers and Daughters, with guest-starring spots in Shameless and Drunk History.

She has been keeping busy as a producer, though, executive producing Celebrity Name Game and the Facebook Watch series 9 Months With Courteney Cox. 

Aniston also used her Friends fame to kickstart a movie career, starring in She’s The One and Dream For an Insomniac in 1996

 JENNIFER ANISTON

Aniston also used her Friends fame to kickstart a movie career, starring in She’s The One and Dream For an Insomniac in 1996.

She followed that up with Picture Perfect ant ‘Til There Was You in 1997, The Thin Pink Line and The Object of My Affection in 1998 and a pair of cult classics in 1999, Office Space and The Iron Giant, plus providing her voice for a South Park episode.

As the show continued, she still continued working steadily in film, starring in 2001’s Rock Star, 2002’s The Good Girl, 2003’s Bruce Almighty and 2004’s Along Came Polly.

Movie career: Aniston also used her Friends fame to kickstart a movie career, starring in She’s The One and Dream For an Insomniac in 1996

After Friends went off the air, she focused solely on movies from then on out, until just recently, except for the occasional guest starring spot that often became a Friends reunion.

She also mixed it up with some genre fare as well, including the 2005 thriller Derailed along with the 2006 indie comedy Friends With Money and guest starring on Courteney Cox’s show Dirt in 2007.

She also guest-starred on Cox’s Cougar Town in 2010, between movies such as 2008’s Marley and Me, 2009’s He’s Not Just Into You, 2009’s Love Happens, 2010’s The Bounty Hunter, 2010’s The Switch and 2011’s Just Go With It and Horrible Bosses.

Reunion: After Friends went off the air, she focused solely on movies from then on out, until just recently, except for the occasional guest starring spot that often became a Friends reunion

She also starred in 2012’s Wanderlust, 2013’s We’re the Millers and Life of Crime, 2014’s Cake and Horrible Bosses 2, 2016’s Mother’s Day, Storks and Office Christmas Party, 2017’s The Yellow Bird and 2018’s Dumplin’

Earlier this year, she reunited with her Just Go With It star Adam Sandler in Netflix’s Murder Mystery, and she returned to the small screen just days ago with Apple TV Plus’ The Morning Show, alongside Reese Witherspoon.

She’ll next be seen on the big screen in The Fixer, based on the life of Denise White, a former Miss USA contestant who became a dominant figure in the world of sports management.

Lisa’s work: She also had hit movies during her Friends tenure like the 1997 cult classic Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion and the 1998 indie The Opposite of Sex 

LISA KUDROW

Kudrow’s post-Friend’s career trajectory was much different than her female co-stars but she still continued to work regularly in many different mediums.

She also had hit movies during her Friends tenure like the 1997 cult classic Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion and the 1998 indie The Opposite of Sex.

She also voiced Aphrodite in the Disney animated series Hercules, plus characters on King of the Hill and Blues Clues.

Trajectory: Kudrow’s post-Friend’s career trajectory was much different than her female co-stars but she still continued to work regularly in many different mediums

After Friends went off the air, she continued starring in movies (2005’s Happy Endings) and continuing voice work (2005’s Hopeless Pictures and 2006’s American Dad).

But she also started pursuing other creative endeavors, creating and starring in HBO’s The Comeback.

She also created Web Therapy, which started as a web series before it was picked up by Showtime, where it aired for four seasons. 

Friend: After Friends went off the air, she continued starring in movies (2005’s Happy Endings) and continuing voice work (2005’s Hopeless Pictures and 2006’s American Dad)

She then starred in a string of movies like 2007’s Kabluey and P.S. I Love You, 2009’s Bandslam and Paper Man, 2010’s Easy A, 2014’s Neighbors and its 2016 sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, 2017’s The Girl on the Train and Boss Baby and guest spots on Grace and Frankie and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Earlier this year, she starred in a pair of comedies, Long Shot and the indie hit Booksmart.

She also lends her voice to the series Human Discoveries and has a number of TV projects in various stages of production.

New roles: Earlier this year, she starred in a pair of comedies, Long Shot and the indie hit Booksmart

MATTHEW PERRY 

Perry was also quick to jump into the movies while Friends was on the air, starring in 1997’s Fools Rush In, 1998’s Almost Heroes, 1999’s Three to Tango, 2000’s The Whole Nine Yards, 2002’s Serving Sara and 2004’s The Whole Ten Yards when the show was airing.

He played innovative teacher Ron Clark in the 2006 TV movie The Ron Clark Story, before returning to the small screen in the short-lived NBC series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip for creator Aaron Sorkin.

He returned to the big screen in 2008’s Birds in America and 2009’s 17 Again alongside rising star Zac Efron before returning to TV.

Movie jump: Perry was also quick to jump into the movies while Friends was on the air, starring in 1997’s Fools Rush In, 1998’s Almost Heroes, 1999’s Three to Tango, 2000’s The Whole Nine Yards, 2002’s Serving Sara and 2004’s The Whole Ten Yards when the show was airing

He starred in the short-lived Mr. Sunshine (which he also created) in 2011 and Go On in 2012, both of which ran for just one season apiece.

He reunited with Cox in an episode of Cougar Town before starring in The Odd Couple (which he also created), which ran two seasons from 2015 to 2017. 

He has most recently been seen in a recurring arc on The Good Fight and the mini-series The Kennedys After Camelot in 2017. 

Short-lived: He starred in the short-lived Mr. Sunshine (which he also created) in 2011 and Go On in 2012, both of which ran for just one season apiece

MATT LEBLANC 

LeBlanc was the only Friends cast-mate to get a TV spin-off, Joey, which ran from 2004 to 2006, but after that went off the air, he took a long acting hiatus.

He served as an executive producer on the 2010 film Jonah Hex before returning to acting in 2011 with the hit Showtime series Episodes.

Episodes, where he essentially plays a version of himself and was co-created by Friends creator David Crane, ran for five seasons from 2011 to 2017. 

He currently stars on the CBS sitcom Man With a Plan, which has been airing since 2016. 

Spin-off: LeBlanc was the only Friends cast-mate to get a TV spin-off, Joey, which ran from 2004 to 2006, but after that went off the air, he took a long acting hiatus

DAVID SCHWIMMER

Schwimmer continued acting after Friends went off the air, but he focused most of his efforts on a career behind the camera.

He directed two episodes of the Joey spin-off before making his feature film debut with the 2017 comedy Run, Fatboy, Run, starring Simon Pegg.

He also directed six episodes of Little Britain USA before returning to the big screen with the 2010 movie Trust and the 2014 pilot for Growing Up Fischer.

Director: Schwimmer continued acting after Friends went off the air, but he focused most of his efforts on a career behind the camera

Schwimmer also voiced Melvin in all of the Madagascar movies and starred in 2008’s Nothing But the Truth, 2012’s The Iceman and John Carter, and reunited with Lisa Kudrow on 2012 episodes of Web Therapy.

He won rave reviews for playing Robert Kardashian in the 2016 FX series American Crime Story and played Noah Broader in NBC’s Will & Grace.

He currently stars in The Laundromat alongside Meryl Streep, which debuted on Netflix in October. 

Stars: Schwimmer also voiced Melvin in all of the Madagascar movies and starred in 2008’s Nothing But the Truth, 2012’s The Iceman and John Carter, and reunited with Lisa Kudrow on 2012 episodes of Web Therapy

 

 

 

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