Lisa Kudrow Assumed Chandler Was Gay Until She Heard Matthew Perry Read The Part
An old interview with Lisa Kudrow AKA Phoebe Buffay has revealed just how impressed the actress was by Matthew Perry's nuanced acting abilities - and how the characters came to life when parts were read aloud by her talented colleagues.
"Matthew Perry was cast at the very last minute. The table read was the first time I met everybody, and saw everyone, and learned their names... and then was blown away by... especially Matthew Perry, because when I read the script I thought Chandler, oh, so he's the gay character."
Like many characters in the series itself, Lisa had assumed Chandler Bing was gay.
"That's the gay character. And then Matthew - oh, he's not gay at all... he's doing it, but the character's not gay, how is he doing that? Oh my gosh, to me that was just, wow, that's like a magic trick, that's fantastic."
Lisa marvels at Matthew Perry's ability to capture many facets of the iconic character's personality, including his impressive use of comedic beat.
"Hilarious. His timing... to me he had such a unique comedic voice. That was very thrilling."
David Scwhimmer AKA Ross Geller blew her away, too: "Schwimmer... his unique timing, comedic voice... I thought that was really thrilling too."
Watch Lisa recount stories from her time on Friends in the video below:
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