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Friends Reunion Director Explains Why Paul Rudd & More Were Missing

Tara Walsh
Tara Walsh

12:30 28 May 2021


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The Friends reunion

Okay, so the Friends reunion special was pretty amazing.

But there was one thing fans were disappointed by; the absence of iconic cast members like Paul Rudd and Cole Sprouse.

Rudd played Phoebe's husband Mike in the series, while Sprouse played Ross' son Ben.

Director Ben Winston has finally addressed this in a new interview with The Wrap.

He said, 'Well, we couldn’t have everybody on, because it’s only an hour and 45 minutes.'

'And you’ve got to pay attention - the main nub of the show has got to be about the six cast members.'

'So you can’t have too many cameos because of course, there were hundreds of amazing people who were in Friends over the years.'

'Sadly, we couldn’t get everybody in,' he admitted.

He added that there were a few people who simply couldn't make it.

'It’s a complicated time to be making television now because, you know, some people couldn’t fly internationally, some people were on other TV or film shoots, some people are in bubbles on stuff.'

'I think during a pandemic, it’s really hard to get everybody where you want to be.'

Winston continued, 'And the other thing, of course, is we have no flexibility.'

'It was one night that those six [main cast members] were available. The timing of it was incredibly difficult.'

'So, you know, if you weren’t available on the seventh of April at 8 p.m., then, sadly, they weren’t able to be part of it.'

'Yeah, we couldn’t get everybody in. It’s just one of those things.'

'I hope people will think about all the great things that are in there rather than the things that aren’t,' the director concluded.

The Friends reunion is available to stream in Ireland on NOW.


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