HBO’s “Friends: The Reunion” special features a large roster of guest stars, but Paul Rudd and Cole Sprouse were notably missing.
Both actors were supporting characters who starred alongside the six main cast members: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Matt Leblanc. However, the director of the reunion special, Ben Winston, told The Wrap that there was a reason Rudd and Sprouse weren’t included.
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“Well, we couldn’t have everyone, because it’s only an hour and 45 minutes. And you have to be careful – the heart of the show has to be all six of the cast,” he said. declared Winston to the animation. news release. “So you can’t have too many cameos because, of course, there were hundreds of amazing people who were in ‘Friends’ over the years. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get everyone involved. “
Some of the guest stars who appeared on the 105-minute program for HBO Max had supporting roles on the NBC sitcom, including Reese Witherspoon, Larry Hankin, Thomas Lennon, Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck, James Michael Tyler, Maggie Wheeler and Elliott. . Gould.
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The other guest stars of the show were not involved in the show, but all were fans of the show, including David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Kit Harington, Lady Gaga, Mindy Kaling and Malala Yousafzai.
While Winston has shared a reasonable explanation for the absence of certain characters, a good number of HBO Max subscribers have shared their disappointment on social media.
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“This reunion of friends was so cute,” Brooklyn writer Blerd Ashley K. Smalls wrote Thursday night. “I wish they had Paul Rudd and Cole Sprouse as well.”
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Meanwhile, Angie Martoccio, associate editor of Rolling Stone, offered her review on Friday morning.
“The Friends reunion: ‘We just don’t have time to include Paul Rudd and Cole Sprouse, but we MUST feature Justin Bieber in a potato costume,” Martoccio tweeted.
Rudd, 52, played Kudrow’s on-screen husband Mike Hannigan. The actor is currently filming the third installment of Marvel’s “Ant-Man” film franchise, according to IMDb.
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Sprouse, 28, was Schwimmer’s on-screen son, Ben Geller. Sprouse is not currently filming, but he is a main actor in The CW’s “Riverdale” series, which is in its fifth season. His IMDb page says he will appear in two upcoming projects named “Undercover” and “Moonshot”.
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