It’s impossible to imagine watching an episode of Friends without seeing the familiar faces of Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow and Matt Leblanc. The chemistry generated between the gang made it one of the most iconic lineups in TV history. Hell, they’re like the Beatles of situation comedies! John, Paul, George and Kevin just doesn’t have the same ring to it, y’know? So by the same token, it’s a little jarring to see the original casting choices for the legendary show.
The news comes to us from the folks at Vanity Fair, who are running an “oral history” of the series in their latest issue. It’s definitely fascinating to see how television history might have turned out. Could Jon Cryer have been a snarkier Chandler? Would Tea Leoni have made a better Rachel? Tantalizing questions indeed! Click under the jump to see which celebs almost played your favorite Friends!
-Originally earmarked for Tea Leoni
-Courteney Cox and Elizabeth Berkley also auditioned
-Erik McCormick made it to the finally audition stage
-The role was originally created for and offered to Janeane Garofalo
-Jami Gertz reportedly turned down the part
-Leah Remini and Nancy McKeon from The Facts of Life also auditioned
-Jon Cryer and Jon Favreau were both offered the role before Matthew Perry