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16 Facts You Most Likely Did Not Know About The Show 'Friends'

Lena C
Writer

Friends took over by storm the moment the pilot was aired, and millions of people were glued to their seats and couldn't get enough. 
We fell in love with a group of New Yorkers that had a friendship bond that was stronger than every challenge they faced. 
You guys probably saw all the episodes, maybe all the reruns as well, but I'd bet you did not know these facts about the show. 
If you think you know everything there is to know about the show, scroll down and see for yourself. 

1. Prior to the show pilot airing on television, the cast went to Las Vegas. The director of the show, James Tunnels had a"hunch" about Friends and paid for everything!

1. Prior to the show pilot airing on television, the cast went to Las Vegas.  The director of the show, James Tunnels had a

2. Ellen DeGeneres was the person who was first offered the part of Pheobe, however, she turned it down so Lisa took the part.

2. Ellen DeGeneres was the person who was first offered the part of Pheobe, however, she turned it down so Lisa took the part.

This fact was not revealed for quite some time, because Ellen wanted to get a break from sitcoms at the time.

3. Joey and Monica were written at first to be the main couple of the show, going in a circle of on and off romantic relationships, but it was decided that the romance will focus on Rachel and Ross instead.

3. Joey and Monica were written at first to be the main couple of the show, going in a circle of on and off romantic relationships, but it was decided that the romance will focus on Rachel and Ross instead.

In any case, the makers of the show saw that Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer had instant click to one another so they altered their story in a way that places Rachel and Ross instead.

4. The intro wasn't filmed in Central Park, it was shot in some Warner Brothers studio in Hollywood. Similar to the fact that there were no actual shots of New York in the show.

4. The intro wasn't filmed in Central Park, it was shot in some Warner Brothers studio in Hollywood. Similar to the fact that there were no actual shots of New York in the show.

If you think about it, this is quite impressive that no one even noticed that the fountain is placed inside a studio. 

5. If you think the intro fooled you, did you know that the show never shot in New York?

5. If you think the intro fooled you, did you know that the show never shot in New York?

They never stepped inside the city. 236 episodes and not even one scene was shot inside the city the 6 characters lived in. 

6. Reese Witherspoon's character appeared only once on the show in light of the fact that Aniston loathed working with her.

6. Reese Witherspoon's character appeared only once on the show in light of the fact that Aniston loathed working with her.

Truth be told, Jennifer Aniston ensured she never got invited back even for reshoots. 

7. The cast assumed Matthew Perry was in fact gay...

7. The cast assumed Matthew Perry was in fact gay...

...much the same as the characters assumed Chandler Bing was gay in "The One Where Nana Dies Twice." 
He clearly wasn't, and was amused to learn this fact. 

8. Joey, was not the smartest of the group, he was even "slow", but did you know that Joey was supposed to be some kind of a genius?

8. Joey, was not the smartest of the group, he was even

At first, the character was written in a way that including his good looks and sense of humor, Joey should be a brilliant intellectual. So what happened you may ask... It turns out that Matt LeBlanc was behind the idea of making Joey become more..."simple."

9. NBC did not like the idea that the show will take place in a coffeehouse and that it is just too unoriginal.

9. NBC did not like the idea that the show will take place in a coffeehouse and that it is just too unoriginal.

At the point when the producers pitched the show at first, NBC liked everything with the exception of where the characters hung out. Fortunately, it was decided in the end to include the coffeehouse as their main place of gathering outside of their apartments. 

10. Rachel was almost written out of the last season in light of the fact that Jennifer Aniston was extremely busy.

10. Rachel was almost written out of the last season in light of the fact that Jennifer Aniston was extremely busy.

Jennifer wasn't 100% certain that she needed to do it. She was at the peak of her profession getting calls from Holywood producers. Be that as it may, in the end, she gave in and united with the entire cast and joined proceeding into the finale.

11. Bruce Willis lost a wager and didn't get paid for his cameo on the show.

11. Bruce Willis lost a wager and didn't get paid for his cameo on the show.

Bruce lost a wager with Matthew Perry and the money that was supposed to be his acting fee were later on sent to charity. 
We may not know what was the bet, But we sure are glad Bruce Willis lost that one.

12. Mathew Perry had serious problems with using drugs and alchohol and fighting his adictions during a shoot.

12. Mathew Perry had serious problems with using drugs and alchohol and fighting his adictions during a shoot.

Actually, his weight varied fiercely amid shooting. He told the cast when he couldn't conceal his problems any longer.

13. Ross, the character portrayed by David Schwimmer was written specifically for him.

13.  Ross, the character portrayed by David Schwimmer was written specifically for him.

He was really the first character cast. Kevin Brilliant, the executive producer had worked with David previously, so the writers were creating up Ross' character for Schwimmer's nasal voice.

14. When Ben was a baby, getting him to say "Dada" was one of the hardest scenes they shot.

14. When Ben was a baby, getting him to say

The plot of the scene is that Rachel hears the first word of Ross' child, Ben. Ross is excited to hear Ben talk again and spends whatever is left of the scene attempting to get his child to talk. In one scene, Ross says, "It's Ben and his Dada. Dada. Would you be able to say 'Dada'?" He should be met with quiet, however, the kid on-screen character kept surprisingly answering, 'Dada.'"

16. There is no actual Central Perk in New York... in any case, there are copies everywhere throughout the world.

16. There is no actual Central Perk in New York... in any case, there are copies everywhere throughout the world.

In 2010, Friends fan Du Xin opened a  Central Perk coffeehouse in downtown Beijing and also in Liverpool.

Feel Free to Share these facts with your own Friends

Feel Free to Share these facts with your own Friends