Why weren't Paul Rudd & Cole Sprouse in 'Friends: The Reunion'? The director reveals the reason!

Why weren't Paul Rudd & Cole Sprouse in 'Friends: The Reunion'? The director reveals the reason!

There were many guest stars on the 'Friends: The Reunion' special, but fans noticed some major absences.

On the Friends: The Reunion, the original cast of the iconic series was reunited, including directors and executive producers. The special episode included many guest stars like Lady Gaga and David Beckham. Fans noticed that actors Paul Rudd and Cole Sprouse were left out. Check out here what director Ben Wright said about it! 

“We couldn’t have everybody on, because it’s only an hour and 45 minutes,” Ben said to TheWrap. “You’ve got to pay attention — the main nub of the show has got to be about the six cast members…So you can’t have too many cameos because of course, there were hundreds of amazing people who were in Friends over the years. Sadly, we couldn’t get everybody in.”

Paul Rudd & Lisa Kudrow

Ben referred to the pandemic and said, “I think during a pandemic, it’s really hard to get everybody where you want to be. And the other thing, of course, is we have no flexibility.”

“The timing of it was incredibly difficult. So, you know, if you weren’t available on the seventh of April at 8 p.m., then, sadly, they weren’t able to be part of it. Yeah, we couldn’t get everybody in. It’s just one of those things. I hope people will think about all the great things that are in there rather than the things that aren’t.”

Cole Sprouse

Paul Rudd played Mike Hannigan, Phoebe's husband, and Cole Sprouse played Ben Geller, Ross's son. 

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