Following David Schwimmer's Blunt Monkey Comments During Friends: The Reunion, The Trainer Is Now Speaking Out
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There are many things about Friends that fans still enjoy thinking about to this day, even if they haven't religiously comfort binged the series in many years. And, a lot of those things were probably discussed on the long-awaited special, Friends: The Reunion, which finally dropped toward the end of May. The cast made some great reveals during their reunion, but it turns out that David Schwimmer's comments about Ross' pet monkey, Marcel, really rubbed the animal trainer the wrong way. Now, after Schwimmer's blunt monkey comments, that trainer is speaking out.
While many fans were enjoying seeing everyone back together again, loving how Jennifer Aniston leaned into one of her signature Rachel Green looks, and being shocked by one of Matthew Perry's reveals, they also heard David Schwimmer discuss his relatively short time working with the monkeys who played Marcel on the series. And, what he had to say was not good. Now, the trainer for the two capuchin monkeys who worked on Friends for eight episodes during Season 1, Mike Morris, is opening up about Schwimmer's comments. Morris told The U.S. Sun:
OK, so, if you haven't watched Friends: The Reunion just yet, here's what happened to set this off. During the session, the cast was asked what they disliked doing while on Friends for those 10, incredibly successful seasons. Courteney Cox revealed that she was "scared' of their furry primate co-star, but when Aniston said that she "loved" the monkey, Schwimmer cut in to note that it was likely "because you didn't have to touch it!"
Schwimmer then went on to talk about several aspects of working with Katie and Monkey, who shared the duty of playing Marcel on Friends, and claimed that the animals often missed their marks and messed up his timing on the series, along with eating live grubs while sitting on his shoulder and getting their "grubby hands all over" him. As Mike Morris noted, Schwimmer's earlier comments about working with the animals had already annoyed him so much that he's never watched Friends, but after holding his tongue about the actor's thoughts on Katie and Monkey, he could no longer put off responding.
Mike Morris went on, and explained what he sees as the real issue behind David Schwimmer's dislike of the Marcel actors, and said:
Ouch. While Mike Morris definitely took some shots at David Schwimmer during his interview, he does acknowledge what would probably be a pretty big problem for anyone working with animals in any capacity: if you're uncomfortable around them or just don't like them for any reason, they're going to pick up on it and it's going to make the job a lot harder on everyone.
Luckily, none of this tension between the animals who portrayed Marcel and David Schwimmer translated to their on-screen time in Friends. Though, if it had, I'm sure we would have heard about it during the reunion.
You can still watch Friends: The Reunion on HBO Max, along with the entire series, but for more to watch in the coming weeks, check out our guide to 2021 summer TV!
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