Earlier this month, fans of the sitcom’s success were gutted when the actor – who played Phoebe Buffay’s husband, Mike Hannigan – did not appear on a list of cameo appearances by secondary cast members for the reunion.
Following the debut of the retrospective on Thursday, meeting director Ben Winston explained why Paul was not involved, along with another notable absentee Cole Sprouse, who played Ross Geller’s son Ben.
Talking to The Wrap, said: “Well, we couldn’t have everyone on, because it’s only an hour and 45 minutes. And you have to pay attention: the main group in the program has to be the six members of the cast.
“So you can’t have too many cameos because of course there were hundreds of amazing people who were at ‘Friends’ over the years. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get everyone in.”
Ben also said the pandemic also complicated the conduct of the show, and insisted that producers “invited people who couldn’t make it.”
“It’s a difficult time to make television now, because, you know, there are people who can’t fly internationally, there are people who participate in other television or film shootings, there are people who are in bubbles,” he said. say, and added that Jennifer Aniston, who played Rachel Green, even had to have special permission to leave her bubble on set The morning show be part of the meeting.
Explaining the timing also turned out to be “incredibly difficult,” Ben continued: “I think during a pandemic it’s very difficult to get everyone where you want to be. And the other thing, of course, is that we don’t have flexibility. It was a night. than those six [main cast members] were available “.
He added: “I hope people think of all the fantastic things that are there instead of the ones that aren’t.”
The special retrospective was filled with laughter, tears and nostalgia Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc i David Schwimmer he looked back at the iconic sitcom.
It was the first time the main cast had met on camera for the first time since Friends ended in 2004.
There was various revelations and surprises during the episode, included Lisa’s Smelly Cat duet with Lady Gaga i David’s admission that life almost mimicked art for him and Jennifer.
Friends: The meeting is available for replay NOW.
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