You won't believe who she was meant to end up with...
It’s not just Joey Phoebe almost ended up with.
In a new interview with The Huffington Post, Hank Azaria – the one who plays Phoebe’s scientist boyfriend David – revealed that he was actually meant to end up with Phoebe over her final love Mike Hannigan. Nope, we can hardly keep up either.
‘The plan was kind of to bring [David] back,’ Hank said. ‘I think, honestly, what happened was Paul Rudd is so awesome that they sort of found a groove with him and [David] became more of just the grist for that mill. As opposed to the other way around.’
And speaking of Paul Rudd – the one who plays Mike (phew, this stuff is exhausting!), Hank added: ‘[Mike] certainly has gone on to prove that he was comedically deserving of Phoebe’s love. He’s a handsome devil. He’s actually annoyingly handsome. He shouldn’t really be allowed to be that handsome. He’s like the Tom Brady of comedy.’
16/9/15: Our much-loved Friends TV series boasted more break-ups/weddings/love triangles than we can count on two hands. But was there one romantic relationship that should have made it onto our screens?
Well, according to Matt LeBlanc, yes!
The 48-year-old actor has revealed to People that Joey and Phoebe SO nearly had a relationship on the show, because actually, him and Lisa Kudrow felt they were made for each other.
‘Towards the end we actually pitched the idea that Joey and Phoebe had been having casual sex the entire time’, Matt said. ‘We’d go back and shoot all the historical scenes and just before a moment that everyone recognises, there’s Joey and Phoebe coming out of a broom closet together. But they [the producers] were like, “Nah.”’
We’re just as sad as Matt and Lisa that this didn’t happen. The few times these two joke-kissed, we remember thinking what a cute pair they would make. Doh.
With FriendsFest now in full swing, the conspiracy theories have been going off the chart.
As if we weren’t already depressed by that alternative Friends ending, now another upsetting fan theory has come along to tarnish our memories of the Central Perk gang.
Remember Ben, Ross’s son? We’d kinda understand if you’ve forgotten about him, seeing as he was missing from the final 54 episodes of the series.
Not only did he never meet his younger sister Emma (Ross’s daughter with Rachel), he was only mentioned a total of six times. And that’s where this theory comes into play.
Now that we think about it, Ben’s disappearance was pretty odd. In early seasons, he took centre stage in a number of storylines.
We saw Ross’s ex-wife Carol give birth and there was a major focus on her marriage to partner Susan and Ross’s relationship with his son.
Who could forget the Holiday Armadillo episode?!
But now blogger D.F. Lovett has shone some (very unpleasant) light on why Ben may have left our screens prematurely. Brace yourself for all the sad feels…
‘Did Ross’s insanity hit a breaking point with his ex-wife? Could she no longer handle his nice guy syndrome and homophobic snickering? Did she decide to take full custody of her son?’ writes the blogger.
‘Did Ross even fight her for Ben, or just let him go, shifting his focus to the new baby he had with the woman of his obsession?
‘He couldn’t even handle his daughter having a male caregiver [referring to Freddie Prinze Jr’s cameo as a nanny].
‘People like to give Ross the benefit of the doubt, wondering if perhaps he was a better father off-screen. Perhaps his children met but the audience never saw.
‘The more likely answer is that he was such a deadbeat father that he completely faded away from his son’s life, pretending to his family and so-called friends that he still saw a boy he barely knew.’
Oh my. We can’t deal.