Can you imagine any other actor playing Chandler Bing in place of Matthew Perry? No? Well, did you know that Two And A Half Men actor Jon Cryer almost played Chandler? Find out how.
Casting is one of the most important processes in the television industry. Placing the right actors in the right roles can lift an entire show. Well, that is what happened with FRIENDS. Creator David Crane wanted to cast some other actor as Chandler Bing. Hard to believe that Matthew Perry wasn’t the first choice, right? But it was actually Two And A Half Men lead Jon Cryer, who missed out on playing Chandler.
- Jon Cryer as Chandler Bing?
- What made FRIENDS so popular?
- How Jon Cryer missed out on the role of a lifetime?
What made the FRIENDS so popular?
It’s really hard to decide for fans what made the show so popular because there’s not just one aspect to it. The show, its cast, screenplay, and characters — every single thing is perfect and that is why the show is still popular.
FRIENDS played for a decade and it still goes strong with reruns. Almost every generation has watched the show.
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How Jon Cryer missed out on the role of a lifetime?
John Cryer, famous for portraying the co-lead on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men for 12 seasons, won two Primetime Emmy Awards for the show. The 55-year-old actor revealed on The Late Show With James Corden how he missed out on the chance of being a part of evergreen show.
He said, :I was working in the UK and got a call from FRIENDS executive producer Marta Kauffman, and she had a script called Six of One. She said the part I want you for is Chandler Bing.”
The script was shared with Cryer via fax at 3 in the morning. According to Vulture, the actor was ready to play the role. But he missed the golden chance. He told Corden that he had an audition the following day. Also, he was working on a play in London at the same time. So he was told to meet with a British casting director.
“I went in. I did my best… she packaged up the tape of me doing my best Chandler Bing, sent it to LA, and it got stuck in customs.” When he returned to Los Angeles, Cryer found that the network executives never got a chance to see his tape.
Well, needless to say that Jon feels sad! We all know, he never got the role and our beloved Matthew Perry got to play Chandler instead.
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