6 Male Actors Who Were in the Running for Your Favorite Roles on Friends

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1994 to 2004 — what a time to be alive. That marked the duration of one of the most iconic television series of all time: Friends. Week after week, everyone would be glued to their TV sets, wanting to know what went down with Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), Monica Geller (Courteney Cox, Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc, Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) & Ross Geller (David Schwimmer). (Ross — we do not care if you were “on a break.”) And even to this very day, you can still catch reruns or stream it on Netflix, so it’s still an amazing time to be alive.

So you can bet that when opportunities arise to talk about the sitcom and/or the cast, we take ’em. And that’s what we’re doing today. Do you know how many actors were in the running to play your favorite male characters on the show? ’cause we do. Here, we’ll let you in on the casting secrets: