When a fake Friends reunion movie trailer popped up online recently, it quickly racked up millions of views. One of them was from Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay for the show’s 10-season run, and while she wasn’t as moved by it as some fans were, she did say that it stirred up some feelings.
“I don’t know what to make of it,” she told Conan O’Brien. “It’s just sort of these weird clips from things that clearly have nothing to do with Friends.” She’s not wrong there — the trailer was made by YouTube channel Smasher, which frequently creates fan edits of shows and movies. The clips of the Friends stars were taken from other projects they’ve done over the years.
Kudrow said that it was one of her costars who alerted her to the video. “Courteney [Cox], actually, is the one who said, ‘Did you see that trailer? What do we do?'” Kudrow joked. “Like, nothing, that’s a clip!” (She later clarified that Cox wasn’t fooled by the fan edit, but was curious how it went so “biral” (yes, with a b). “You know, autocorrect…But I knew what she meant.”)
O’Brien, stating the obvious, said that the thought of a reboot of the iconic NBC show clearly excites people, and that the show, to this day, remains a binge-watch staple for many. Kudrow couldn’t disagree, even suggesting that they do something to satisfy fans.
“I mean, something should be done. I don’t know what,” Kudrow said to cheers and applause. “They’re rebooting everything. But I don’t know — how does that work with Friends though? That was about people in their 20s, 30s. The show isn’t about people in their 40s, 50s, and if we have the same problems, that’s just sad.”
If the show ever did decide to take a run at a reboot, it would already have some story line ideas courtesy of Netflix. The streaming giant recently started a meme of 2018 Friends episode ideas that cover the spectrum of digital, political, and pop culture, and they were totally spot-on.
For now, we’ll have to stick to re-watches of the originals — which isn’t so bad, either.
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