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David Schwimmer: 'Friends' hoping to shoot special in August

David Schwimmer: 'Friends' hoping to shoot special in August
Posted at 11:42 AM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 11:48:00-04

It’s hard to get friends together right now because of the coronavirus pandemic. That’s true of Friends characters, too. The iconic 90s show has teased a reunion for years, and it might be coming together soon.

David Schwimmer, who played Ross Geller on the NBC comedy, told Jimmy Fallon the Friends are trying to get together in August.

“It’s supposed to happen maybe in August, beginning of August. But honestly we’re going to wait and see another week or two to determine if it’s really safe,” Schwimmer said, adding they will wait if it’s not safe yet to get together.

A Friends special has been anticipated by fans for years, and confirmed finally by HBO Max in February. Filming was put on pause because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s unscripted, it’s basically a really fun interview and some other surprise bits,” Schwimmer said of the special.

During the interview with Fallon on The Tonight Show, Schwimmer recounted how he almost didn’t take the role of Ross. He said a previous bad experience on a comedy program left him feeling frustrated.

“I felt like a prop, ‘just shut up and say the line,’” Schwimmer said of the program he was a part of before Friends. “It was so awful, I decided I never wanted to do comedy again.”

However, creators of Friends and the director of the pilot episode were able to persuade him to become Ross Geller, telling him they wrote the part for Schwimmer.

Friends ran on NBC from 1994 to 2004. Schwimmer was part of an ensemble that included Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and Matthew Perry.

No word how long between filming and when the HBO Max Friends special will be available.