10 Revelations About “Friends” That Have Been Teasing Us for Years

In May 2019, it will be 15 years since Friends ended. This TV sitcom used to be the funniest show ever for many of us. We know the characters’ lines by heart as well as their biographies. But still, there are some questions we don’t know the answers to. Like what did “ugly naked guy” actually look like? And was that a real turkey that Monica put on her head?

At Bright Side, we also had these questions while watching Friends. So we decided to finally find the answers to them!

Was the background laughter real?

Almost every episode of Friends was filmed in front of an audience of 200-300 people. It took about 5-6 hours to film an episode. The audience mainly consisted of actors’ friends, the shooting crew, and some celebrities who were fans of the show. When Friends became a very popular show, the tickets in the front rows ended up costing $5,000.

What does Rachel and Ross’s daughter look like?

Actually, Emma’s role was acted by twin sisters who will be 17 years old in 2019!

Was that a real turkey Courteney Cox put on her head?

Later, Courteney said that she wanted the turkey to be real so that Matthew Perry also had to put it on his head. Unfortunately, even the biggest turkey was too small to fit on a human head. So the turkey was made of foam.

Where was the opening fountain scene filmed?

Many fans of the show believe that Cherry Hill Fountain in Central Park is the one you see in the opening credits. But it isn’t true. The fountain scene was filmed early in the morning in one of the Warner Bros. pavilions in Los Angeles, CA. The music was also completely different. Matt LeBlanc said later that filming lasted for several hours and the skin on their fingers became pruney.

It’s worth mentioning that the entire show was filmed in LA studios while NY shots were filmed separately and were just inserted in the final cut. Some scenes were even acted against a green screen.

Was Gunther really a barista?

James Michael Tyler, the actor who played Gunther, used to be a real barista when the filming of the show started. At that time, he had a Master of Fine Arts degree and he worked as an extra in the movies from time to time. Once his friend invited him to earn $40 and a free lunch for the part of a silent barista who just had to bring coffee to the main heroes. When it was decided to continue the show, Marta Kauffman asked James whether he had an acting background. After that, his part stopped being “silent”. Later the actor said, “Any sound, even a knock of a cup against a table, could drive the sound director crazy. And suddenly, a man who used to utter no sounds received his own lines. It was really thrilling!”

Is Days of Our Lives a real show?

Yes, it is. This soap opera has been shown on TV since 1965, though Joey never actually took part in it. This TV show took third place as the longest running show in the US and became fourth in the world based on its number of episodes. One of the reasons why the show was mentioned in Friends was that Jennifer Aniston’s father and Matthew Perry’s father used to act in the show.

What does this “ugly naked guy” really look like?

The “ugly naked guy” was hiding his identity for almost 20 years — even the show’s fans didn’t know who he was. IMDb stated for quite a long time that this part was played by Mike Hagerty known as Mr. Treeger in Friends. But eventually, the mystery was solved in 2016. The ugly naked guy was played by the actor, Jon Haugen.

Do the actors from Friends still appear in movies?

The most famous of all the friends is probably Jennifer Aniston who appeared in many movies such as Bruce Almighty, Marley & Me, The Break-Up, We’re the Millers and many, many others. The other actors also have had a very successful acting career. Matt LeBlanc even starred in the Friends spin-off, Joey.

David Schwimmer has played a few noticeable parts and voiced the giraffe, Melman in Madagascar. But after that, he focused on his directing career. He also directed a few episodes of Friends and Joey. Recently, David appeared in a big Super Bowl commercial.

Are the actors really friends?

Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston became the best of friends even during the filming of the show. Jennifer is the godmother of Courteney’s child. In 2018, Jennifer Aniston divorced Justin Theroux and Courteney Cox really supported her friend and accompanied her to big events. Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow are also on good terms.

Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer don’t meet up that often but they’ve stayed connected for 15 years after the show ended. Sometimes they can be seen together at different events or dinners but the actors never comment on their friendship.

How could the actors perform in really funny scenes without laughing?

Actually, they couldn’t! Just watch the hundreds of failed takes and you’ll realize that the actors had a really good time performing them. The most productive actor, in terms of numbers of takes, was Matthew Perry who often laughed and made everyone around him laugh too.

Do you have any other questions about Friends? Mention them in the comments below and we’ll try to answer them!

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