For ten seasons, the cast of Friends made us laugh and occasionally even cry. They invited us into their rather large apartments to watch as they goofed off and spied on the ugly naked guy who lived across the street. On TV, the actors and actresses were best pals, and sometime even lovers. Which is why it's so cool to know that they have a mutual like and respect for one another in real life. Speaking in an interview recently, Extras and Top Gear star Matt LeBlanc explained how he knows he will continue to be pals with his Friends co-star Matthew Perry.
I can not see him for five years and then put me in a room with him and it'd be like I saw him yesterday. We still short hand with one another. It's amazing. Ten years in a building with no windows with the door locked, we got to know each other pretty well.
Matt LeBlanc seems like a pretty positive dude in general, and he told People that he spent so much time with his fellow Friends co-stars that they can fall into a comfortable rhythm every time they see one another. That may not be as often as it used to be, but luckily, Hollywood is a much smaller business than you might think, and they do run into one another on occasion.
In fact, most of the cast was able to reunite just a few months ago for a fun special that aired on NBC celebrating the career of James Burrows.The special was based on Burrows' 75th birthday. It also featured the casts of some of the other big shows he directed, but really the spotlight was on the Friends cast reuniting on the small screen. (At least, all but Matthew Perry, who was unfortunately in a play.)
Rumors about a real onscreen reunion have totally been bandied about by the seemingly willing cast over the years, but unfortunately, there is an obstacle to creating a reunion TV special: Marta Kauffman, who created the series. The sharp TV creator has stated over and over again that she has no interest in ever going back to that portion of her life. At least we can live knowing that the likes of Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry do really like each other in real-life. They are like college pals or high school friends in a lot of ways. They may not live in the same place or have the same amounts of free time anymore, but when they do get the chance to see one another, it's like no time has passed at all.
Really, if you think about it, Friends doesn't seem as if it ended all that long ago, either. Now excuse me while I go pull my copy of _The Shining _out of the freezer.