Courteney Cox recalls the cheeky prank Matt LeBlanc played on her during a Friends taping


friends is a far-reaching phenomenon, with fans just as passionate now – 18 years after it took off the air – as they were in the ’90s. Thanks to syndication and streaming, audiences have virtually 24/7 access to the show, allowing them to recite entire episodes from memory. That fact makes it almost hard to believe that the legendary actors had trouble remembering the dialogue themselves, as Courteney Cox admitted when she recalled a prank Matt LeBlanc played on her during a taping of the film met the NBC sitcom.

Courteney Cox played Monica Gellar friendsand the actress recently opened up The Graham Norton Show about not always knowing her lines. (To be fair, the actors didn’t have the benefit of watching each episode 2,500 times like some of us, and don’t judge me because I know I’m not alone.) So Cox found ways around the challenge to bypass . Her co-stars knew her tricks, of course, and Matt LeBlanc, who played her neighbor Joey Tribbiani, used that knowledge to prank her on set. Cox recalled:

It wasn’t always easy for me to remember my lines on Friends. … The writers sometimes gave you new scripts right on the spot or just before [a taping]. Sometimes I didn’t prepare as well as I should have. So I would put my lines either in the fruit bowl or in the sink. I would just sit there and [I’d] Go to the sink and pretend to wash and look at a couple [of] Pages. First of all, I had something big to say, I’d call it like a paragraph … And Matt LeBlanc didn’t tell me — obviously it was a prank on me, I didn’t know it at all — and he took the piece of paper that I did had in the fruit bowl. And I was like an apple… I winged it, whatever the word is, I think it worked, but it wasn’t ok.

Monica was always known for cleaning, so going to the sink or straightening the fruit in the bowl would be totally typical for Courteney Cox. Now I feel like I should go back and look for hidden scripts! Seemingly, the playful shady Scream actress wasn’t prepared for her lengthy speech on the day in question, and the fact that she had a lot to say that day is probably exactly why Matt LeBlanc decided to hit when he did. Apparently everything she said worked regardless of what was on the page.

Courteney Cox also revealed that she hadn’t even found out she was the victim of a prank until 2021 when the friends Stars reunited for the HBO Max special. That, sir, is a good prank. Cox said it is The reunion is unlikely to happen again between her, Matt LeBlanc, and her other co-stars — Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, and Matthew Perry — but maybe that’s how it’s meant to be. Because I bet there are more memories the actors could unleash about the fun they had on set during the show’s decade-long run.

If you want to relive the Must See TV fun while searching for scripts in the sink, all 10 seasons of friendsas well as Friends: The reunion are available to stream on HBO Max. And be sure to check out ours TV program 2022 to see what shows are coming soon.


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