Paul Rudd Made Hank Azaria Leave ‘Friends’!?
According to Hank Azaria, Paul Rudd was not supposed to be a permanent part of Friends. Azaria and the Marvel’s Ant-man both happened to play Lisa Kudrow’s love interests in the show.
Paul Rudd Says it was Incredible Being Mike in Friends
Paul is known for his popular character, Mike Hannigan, from the hit sit-com. The actor shared some of his experiences while working on Friends.
Paul Rudd recently appeared on The Graham Norton Show to promote his current Netflix show Netflix’s Living With Yourself.
When asked about his time, on the 25th Anniversary of Friends, he said:
It was an incredible thing to be a part of, and the whole experience seemed a bit surreal and a bit of a blur.
I was only coming on for a couple of episodes, it turned into a few more, but it was nearing the end of the show, which was a phenomenon…
Paul Rudd continued while revealing a funny BTS story. He was working on the final episode where he saw Jennifer Aniston crying and hugging Marta Kauffman.
I was in the last episode, which made no sense to me whatsoever. I thought, I’m not supposed to be there, so to break the ice I went over and just went, We did it, huh? What a ride. The joke inevitably fell flat.
Though, it seems like Jennifer Aniston let that go later on. in 2012, the two appeared in the Wanderlust movie together.
Hank Azaria Shares His View on Phoebe Ending Up With Mike
Hank Azaria played David the Science guy the on and off love interest of Lisa Kudrow’s Phoebe Buffay. In early 2016, we came to know that Paul Rudd wasn’t supposed to remain permanently on the show. In fact, the showrunners were inching towards Phoebe and David ending up together.
Azaria revealed that the plan was to bring his character (David) back. But Paul Rudd’s amazing performance changed their minds:
No, I didn’t know that was the end of David. The plan always was kind of to bring him back. I think, honestly, what happened was Paul Rudd is so awesome that they sort of found a groove with him and [my character] became more of just the grist for that mill. As opposed to the other way around.
Azaria was still hurt at his character not ending up with Phoebe:
It actually did sting a little bit. Whatever part of me is David the Science Guy who went to Minsk, which admittedly is probably a small part of me [laughs], but that part of me wanted to end up with Phoebe. So I was sort of sad when I didn’t.
He later said that the plan turned out to be great. Paul Rudd deserved to stay. Which I think, is true. Rudd’s work in the iconic TV-Show was up to the mark.