The American sitcom Friends by Marta Kauffman and David Crane is one of the most watched television series in the world. All of the characters on the sitcom are memorable and were so perfect that we can’t think of any other actor to replace them. But Iron Man filmmaker and actor Jan Favreau was on the verge of landing the lead role in “Friends.” Scroll down to find out more.
Before David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow and Matthew Perry were chosen for Ross, Rachel, Monica, Joey, Phoebe and Chandler, respectively, many actors were considered for the role. The directors admitted that it was not easy to find the perfect actors for these roles and especially for the role of Chandler Bing.
Throughout the decade of Friends, the character of Matthew Perry has been portrayed as the king of sarcasm with a brash personality. Since Chandler was a major prankster, the showrunners thought they would have a hard time filling the role, but this was the hardest part. Several actors had auditioned for the role, including Jon Cryer and Craig Bierko of Two and a Half Men, but it was the director of Iron Man who almost took on the role.
According to ScreenRant, Iron Man director and actor Jon Favreau was offered the role of Friends Chandler but turned down the role because he wanted to work on other projects. However, he later appeared in Season 4 of the hit sitcom. He starred as Monica Geller’s wealthy boyfriend Pete Becker in six episodes.
While Jon Favreau is really part of the Friends universe but not Chandler. Jon is now an integral part of the MCU and is currently working on Star Wars projects and live-action adaptations of Disney classics. He is also the showrunner of The Mandalorian.
So what do you think of Jon Favreau playing the role of Chandler? Can you imagine him playing the iconic role? Let us know in the comment section.
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