Thursday, July 9, 2009

Missing Stars: Friends

Friends was one of the biggest comedy sitcoms of all time. It ran for 10 seasons from 1994-2004. It shot six unknown actors into super-stardom, and they earned over US$1 million each per episode at the shows peak. But where have they vanished to?

Jennifer Aniston (Rachel) still makes movies quite frequently, with ‘Marley & Me’ being her most successful. She’s never far from the media spotlight due to her relationship dilemmas.
Courtney Cox (Monica) has made a few TV show and movie appearances since Friends wrapped up. Up next for Courtney is a role in ‘Scream 4’ with her husband David.
Lisa Kudrow's (Phoebe) latest project is Executive Producer of a show called ‘Who do you think you are?’ in which celebrities trace their family tree.
Matt LeBlanc (Joey) starred in failed spin-off ‘Joey’ and now works with his production company making TV movies.
Matthew Perry (Chandler) has made a few television appearances since Friends. He recently starred with Zaz Efron on the big screen for ‘17 Again’ playing Efron’s character as an adult.
David Schwimmer (Ross) has probably been the most successful due to his roles in the ‘Madagascar’ series. He has also made a thriving directorial debut with ‘Run Fatboy Run’.

I was and still am a massive fan of Friends, I believe it’s right up there with Seinfeld as some of the best, well-written sitcoms of all time. There was recent talk of a Friends Movie, but it looks like that’s been shot down for the time being and I honestly can’t see them ever doing it. I really don’t think it would translate very well on the big screen, but maybe a TV style reunion special may work someday. Fingers crossed.