Lisa Kudrow is lifting the curtain on some surprises that is likely to be coming to the “Friends” reunion, and he or she’s giving followers a sliver of hope that these surprises needs to be sufficient to appease even probably the most astute fanatic.
The “Space Force” actress, 56, starred as Phoebe Buffay on the long-running collection and revealed that the reunion effort will likely be way more than your run-of-the-mill replace or reboot that we’ve seen from other packages the place their casts collect for roundtable discussions and supply set tales and gaffes.
Though the one-off reunion particular is at present delayed, Kudrow just lately informed reporters whereas selling her Netflix collection that the “Friends” particular is “definitely going to happen.”
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“[The planning] was fairly far alongside, nevertheless it appeared fairly clear that if folks cannot collect, then we won’t do it,” she mentioned.
Kudrow was requested whether or not viewers can anticipate a scripted effort or one the place the forged and present creators look again on the collection’ historical past in celebration.
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“There are other things in it,” Kudrow said. “There are other things to it; things I shouldn’t really talk about because they should be good — but those things can’t happen [right now]. We just decided on another date and we’ll see if we can do it then.”
The undertaking was initially slated to premiere on HBO Max on Could 27 when the streaming platform went dwell. Nevertheless, the novel coronavirus pandemic put a cease to that timeline when manufacturing studios have been shuttered.
Nonetheless, even with the delay, Kudrow urged followers not to fret and guaranteed reporters the present could be occurring — yet one more time.
“It is definitely going to happen,” Kudrow mentioned. “We just keep putting dates in the calendar. When we can do it, we will do it.”
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When requested if distant manufacturing was in the playing cards in order to ramp up filming, Kudrow rapidly eschewed the concept, telling reporters the prospect was given a tough cross.
“There hasn’t really been any talk about doing it remotely,” she mentioned. “I mean, it was an immediate ‘no’ if this was brought up. That’s not what this is. We are not doing it remotely.”
Kudrow additionally mirrored on her time on the favored sitcom and described the expertise as one thing she was “proud” to be part of and mentioned she has by no means stopped loving the present.
“I’m just as proud of ‘Friends’ as I ever was. I never stopped loving doing the show, so my memories of it are just as fond now as they were back then,” she said. “It is humorous — I keep in mind taking pictures the primary years and the very finish significantly better than the center years, however it’s nice that it’s nonetheless proven on TV.”
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“It’s great that younger and younger people — many who weren’t even born when we started shooting Friends — are now fans of the show,” Kudrow added.
She additionally defined that, with present as fashionable as “Friends,” she would perpetually be related to the position of Phoebe, which could have pigeonholed her for other alternatives — however she is OK with that.
“I think people will always associate me with Phoebe and that’s fine. I don’t have any complaints about that at all,” she said. “But also, I do get to play other kinds of people — especially if I write it and produce it by myself. I don’t feel like I’m struggling to break away from Phoebe at all.”
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Collection stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer are all anticipated to return for the reunion.