David Schwimmer has revealed some exciting news for the fans of Friends. The actor played the role of Ross on the original sitcom. He revealed that he and his cast members are set to film the show’s reunion special next week.
The TV project by HBO Max has been highly anticipated by fans as the six stars will appear together for the first time since the show ended with its 10th season. Friends ended back in 2004 and its reunion special was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. They are coming together to celebrate their show.
David revealed in a video interview with The Graham Norton Show that he will be going to Los Angeles after this. He shared that they are going to be shooting the Friends reunion next week. The actor said, “We’re going to be shooting the Friends reunion next week, so I’m hopping on a plane this afternoon or the evening and yeah, I’m gonna see everyone next week for the first time in many years.”
He was then questioned if he will play his own character in the reunion special. The actor responded that he will be himself i.e. David. He shared that the special is not scripted and that they are not in character. The actor said, “We’re all ourselves, the real people”.
His comments are similar to that of co-star Lisa Kudrow. David added that there is one section of it that he does not want to give away. The host Graham asks the actor if he has been watching some of the old episodes of his hit show, Friends for the project.
“So we’re definitely doing it because I already shot a little something”
He replied, “It’s really funny. I should have been doing that and I really have very little excuse, but I haven’t been able to bring myself to catch up on the 236 episodes. I need to, I guess I need to watch a lot over the next five days.” After months of speculation, HBO Max announced back in February 2020 that the Friends cast is coming together for a special reunion.
This includes all six stars David, Lisa, Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and Courtney Cox. The production was supposed to start last year and premiere this year, however, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the production got delayed. Back in January, Lisa confirmed that the filming was set to begin this year in spring. “I pre-shot something for it already,” the actress said. “So we’re definitely doing it because I already shot a little something.”
“It’s not like a scripted thing,” Kudrow continued. “We’re not portraying our characters. It’s us getting together, which doesn’t happen a lot and has never happened in front of other people since 2004 when we stopped [filming Friends].” This is the first time the Friends cast will come together on-screen for fans since the show ended. The stars have been meeting offline for all these years.
In 2016, Kudrow, Aniston, Cox, Schwimmer, and LeBlanc appeared on an NBC special to honor show director James Burrows. Perry, who was in London starring in a play, appeared in a video to introduce his former castmates.