You Won’t Believe Which Mega-Star Almost Starred on ‘Friends’
Tons of celebrities have taken minor guest-starring roles on Friends. The show, which aired 1994-2004 is as iconic today as it was all those years ago. There’s one celebrity who almost snagged a spot in the 200th episode, “The One With the Male Nanny.”
Here are some of the notable celebrities who guest-starred on ‘Friends’
Every Friends fan likely remember Reese Witherspoon as Rachel’s bratty sister, Jill, or Brad Pitt as Ross’s best friend from high school, Will Colbert, who deemed himself Rachel’s mortal enemy. However, there are a lot more stars who’ve appeared on the hit sitcom over the 10-year span of its run.
Christina Applegate (as Rachel’s other sister, Amy), Alec Baldwin, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Gabrielle Union, and Wynona Ryder are just a few of the big-timers who took on (mostly) one-time roles. That’s how big Friends was at the time.
Now, one of the shows memorable guest stars is opening up about his role, and how it was supposed to go to someone else instead.
Which mega-star missed out on the ‘Friends’ phenomenon?
In season 9, Ross and Rachel hired a male nanny, Sandy, to care for Emma. Sandy helped Ross get in touch with his emotions which would’ve made total sense for the actor who missed the opportunity.
As it turns out, Sandy was supposed to be played by Tom Hanks. Yep — that Tom Hanks. Unfortunately, Hanks had prior commitments with the whole Toy Story thing.
The part went to Freddie Prize Jr. who isn’t a bad sub.
“I wasn’t even supposed to be [Sandy], that was originally offered to Tom Hanks but he wasn’t gonna make it back from his film on time,” he told E! News.
The one-episode job should’ve been a walk in the park. Prinze confessed there was a little more to it than that.
Here’s why the role of Sandy was stressful for Prinze
In show business, things move fast. Prinze said the role caused a little stress.
“And so my agent called me and said, ‘Do you want to be on Friends? And I said, ‘Yeah, I’ll do an episode of Friends. That’ll be great.’ He said, ‘Yeah, it shoots tomorrow.’ and I was like, ‘What?’ He said, ‘Yes, tomorrow so I’ll send you the script.'”
He admitted to feeling nervous on the day of the shoot but received comfort from one of the cast’s own.
“So, I went in and I was totally nervous because it was on the day of shooting,” he said. “I didn’t even get to do a read-through. And David Schwimmer walked into my dressing room and he was so cool and so passionate and he had so much energy.”
He continued saying, “He came into the room and was like, ‘You’re going to love this, man. It’s like a little two-act play and the crowd is so engaged, and so into it. You’ll have a ton of fun, don’t worry about a thing.'”
Schwimmer reassured Prinze by repeatedly stating, “You’re going to crush it,” referring to the song Prinze’s character was to play on the recorder. He actually did “crush” it, but was the performance enough to get Prinze into the highly-anticipated Friends reunion?
Prinze weighed in saying, “I have no idea if we’ll see Sandy in the reunion, you’d have to ask them that. I don’t know that he was a memorable enough character to make the cut.”
Sandy may not be in the reunion but that doesn’t mean guest star, Freddie Prinze Jr. — or Tom Hanks — won’t be. We’re just sayin’.