Friends is one of those sitcoms that consistently tops the list of most favorite shows. Even today people watch this show and enjoy it like anything. People who have seen the sitcom will remember the two-part Super Bowl episode of 1996 which drew a historic 56 million viewers. Everyone was looking forward to naked and scared Chandler in a bathroom cubicle and Ross denouncing corruption at the zoo to find his pet monkey. But the real reason behind co-creator Marta Kauffman behind making this episode left us all in awe.
Julia Roberts was also there, as was Chris Isaak in this one. But Marta had a different reason for agreeing to do the episode, besides the silly cameos and guaranteed to break the ratings.
Speaking to The Hollywood Postponed for a new oral history of the episode, Marta Kauffman said she was more concerned about using the extra hour of screen time to help victims of domestic violence. more vulnerable. “I wanted to do it because I had heard a statistic that Super Bowl Sunday is the day associated with the most domestic violence,” she explained. “I thought if that keeps a woman from being beaten, then I’m all for it.
Marta Kauffman’s statistic has since been refuted. Elsewhere in oral history, episode guest actor Jean-Claude Van Damme has been described by various writers and producers as “difficult”, “unprepared” and “arrogant,” whose demands included forcing an AP to bring him Cocoa Puffs cereal. “He got on set three or four hours late and went straight to his trailer,” recalls one executive producer.
On the contrary, Brooke Shields has been described as “hitting him out of the park” as a deranged soap opera fan who stalks Joey. All this, despite her then-boyfriend, tennis star Andre Agassi, going into a jealous rage and “gutting” Shields when she licked Matt LeBlanc’s hand during a catch. “I took the show off for a while, and the girls took Brooke aside and loved her, took care of her and brought her back on stage,” the director of the episode recalls. of Agassi’s behavior. “She has done very well thanks to the support of these three people. He was a jerk.
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