Despite being one of tv’s most iconic couples, Rachel and Ross from the hit show Friends almost didn’t make the cut. As the show celebrates its 25th anniversary, David Crane has revealed secrets about the cast.
It’s now been revealed that David Schwimmer once turned down the offer to play the iconic Ross Geller, but bosses of the international sitcom wouldn’t give up until he had changed his mind.
Appearing on The One Show, David Crane admitted that David Schwimmer was the first out of the iconic six to land the role, catapulting them to international stardom.
Opening up, Crane, 62, said: “He had come in and auditioned for us for a pilot the year before and the show didn’t go and he didn’t get the part.
“But as we were writing Friends and we came up with the idea of Ross, we kept thinking David Schwimmer would be great for this.
“He didn’t want to do it because he was back doing theatre and we had to persuade him to come back to television.”
Crane later confessed that the last star to be cast was Hollywood icon, Jennifer Aniston as she was working on another series at the time.
He went on to add: “She [Jennifer] was the only one who could get it right,
“We saw so many girls in wedding dresses come in and she nailed it and so we rolled the dice and that the other show would fail.”
Over the 10 years that Friends was being aired, a string of A-List celebrities made cameo appearances, including Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer’s ex, Brad Pitt.
David Crane went on to say: “We would write the roles first, we would never go after people.
“And the casting people would say, ‘Oh Julia Roberts wants to do it’ and we’d be like, ‘ok, that sounds good, let’s do that.'”
The One Show airs daily at 7 pm on BBC One