Here's Why Jennifer Aniston And David Schwimmer Actually Wanted Pay Cuts
Any Friends fan worth their (tiny) salt knows that Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston earned $1m per EPISODE during the last series of Friends.
But did you know that David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston (Ross 'n' Rachel, who else) campaigned for a pay cut?
Being an ensemble cast, the core six actors and actresses started out earning the same wages in Series 1. But as Ross and Rachel's storyline picked up the pace, so did their pay packets. Being best pals IRL, the six core actors decided they all wanted to be equal - so Schwimmer and Aniston soon insisted everyone was paid the same, throughout ten seasons of the show.
According to Entertainment Weekly, talks began around Series 3, where they were “spurred by a lucrative Friends syndication deal, which would fetch about $4 million per episode for Warner Bros., or at least $192 million on the syndication rights for the first two seasons alone".
The New York Times added: “Stars of hit shows often threaten to boycott their series in pursuit of higher salaries. What is unusual is this cast’s effort to use its solidarity as leverage. Warner Brothers consciously built the group as an ensemble, originally allowing only full group interviews and pictures.”
People magazine noted that Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer’s “salaries went down in order to match the rest of the cast’s.”
So there you go! They really were there for each other when the rain started to pour. Isn't it beautiful!?
Friends Stationery Only True Fans Will Understand:
Friends Stationery Only Friends Fans Will Appreciate
1 of 16
2 of 16
3 of 16
4 of 16
5 of 16
6 of 16
7 of 16
8 of 16
9 of 16
10 of 16
11 of 16
12 of 16
13 of 16
14 of 16
15 of 16
16 of 16
Amazing Shows, Gigs And Plays You Can't Miss In 2019
From comedy to cabaret, fill up your calendar...
The One With Russ' Turns 23 Today And It's Still Weird AF
Almost a quarter of a century later, we still don't get it.
23 Years Later, Friends' Russ VS. 'Snaro' Mystery Is Solved
THIS IS BRAND NEW INFORMATION!
25 Weird And Wonderful Things To Do This Christmas In London
'Tis the season to be (very, very) jolly...
The Comedy Lovers Christmas Gift Guide 2018
Get some LOLs in your life this Crimbo.
The Impractical Jokers Spill The Beans On Season 7 Christmas Finale
"Who knows, Santa may show up or may not, we'll see!"
New Look Just Released A Range Of Friends Christmas T-Shirts
Here's to a lousy Christmas, and a crappy new year!
2-4-1 Cinema Tickets To See Some Christmas Classics
Home Alone, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Elf, Bad Santa and more at the BFI!
Dude! Stoner Saturdays Are Coming to the BFI
Under 25? You can get in for just £3
RuPaul Hints Trixie Mattel SHOULDN'T Have Won All Stars Amid Elimination Changes
"I didn't count on the other girls who came back being so vindictive [to Shangela]!"
The First Toy Story 4 Trailer Reveals A Dangerous New Character
"Somebody get him before he pokes an eye out!"
Rick And Morty Just Had Their Most Deadly Secret Revealed
This is twisted.
Elle McPherson Sets Record Straight On Rumours She Regretted Starring In Friends
"Had I known how successful it was before going, I think I would have chickened out because it was such an iconic show."
Which WTF Advent Calendar Will You Choose This Crimbo?
Dog food, gin, and even cheese! We've got it all covered...
Here's Every Single Detail Released About The Impractical Jokers Movie
The HUGE pranks, the wrap cake, the DIRECTOR'S CHAIR? This is all too much...
Oh. My. God! Ugly Naked Guy Called For A Friends Reunion
HE TALKED ABOUT THE POKING DEVICE.
Emotional Tom Hanks Had To Turn His Back On Toy Story Creators During Final Scene
He called the final movie "a moment in history'.
Ed Helms’ Most Memorable One-Liners
“Hey Phil, Am I missing a tooth?”
Primark's New £14 Friends Pyjamas Are Just Like Rachel's Iconic Loungewear
The checks! The socks! The catchphrase!
50 Super Weird, Crazy Fun Things To Do In London
Come sniff Amy Winehouse's poo. We dare you.