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“I will make it seem like it was an actor’s idea”: Friends Director Secretly Tricked Jennifer Aniston and Her Co-stars While Filming 90s Sitcom

can easily be titled as one of the most widely adored television series of all time. It is responsible for its cast’s rise to fame, with Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, and Matt LeBlanc, some of Hollywood’s most well-recognized names. Over the many years since its release, the series has become one of the most-watched series of all time, having one of the most dedicated and huge fanbases.

While there are many reasons why this series did as well as it did, one of the biggest has to do with the characters and their relationship with each other, which was deeply affected by the actor’s real-life dynamics with each other, recently, it has been revealed that one, particular person, James Burrows, was the mastermind responsible for this, as well as, some of the funniest moments on-screen in the entire series.

James Burrows Stroked The Ego’s Of The Friends Cast

James Burrows is an extremely well-respected individual in the film industry, having been a part of many massively successful projects like, and Having done this, it is safe to say that he most certainly knows a thing or two about what it is like to work on sitcoms and actors. He proved just as much during a recent interview with , where he talked about what it was like for him to work on a series in which, he worked on 15 very important episodes, including the pilot.

“I give confidence to them and say, ‘Let’s try to go as far as we can with this piece of business,’” he explained. “I’m a psychologist too, you know. If I want to put in something that’s funny, I will make it seem like it was an actor’s idea.”

He explained that he would help the actors gain confidence in themselves and their own capabilities, helping them do as well as they could. He then went on to state that his past education has helped him understand how to plant an idea in someone’s head and take no credit for it making them think that it is their own. He did exactly this every time he thought of a good joke to put into the series, letting the actor take credit for it.

This Wasn’t The Only Way He Helped Them

It would seem that this wasn’t the only way that James Burrows helped the cast of in the early stages of the show. In a series about a group of extremely close friends, it is imperative that the cast itself, not only gets along but also is as close as we see them on screen. If this was not the case, it is not too far-fetched to say that the series may not have done as well as it did. It would seem that this was also something that the director helped the cast with.

“Burrows was instrumental in creating the atmosphere of Friends,” Christina Pickles said “He took the six leads to Vegas before they started working and they all had a good time together. That was probably very helpful in cementing a sweetness about them.”

According to another interview with ,  Christina Pickles, best known for portraying Ross and Monica’s mother in the series, revealed that even before filming started for the series, Burrows took the entire cast on a trip to Las Vegas where they all could get along and start to get to know each other. This worked extremely well and helped cement the bonds that they share, which have lasted to this day.

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