HBO’s “Friends: The Reunion” special features a large roster of guest stars, but Paul Rudd and Cole Sprouse were notably absent.
Both actors were supporting characters who played alongside the six main actors: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Matt Leblanc. However, reunion special director Ben Winston told The Wrap that there was a reason Rudd and Sprouse weren’t included.
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“Well, we couldn’t get everyone involved because it only lasts an hour and 45 minutes. And you have to be careful – the main crux of the show has to be the six cast members, ”Winston told Entertainment. briefing. “So you can’t have too many cameos because of course there were hundreds of amazing people who were in ‘Friends’ over the years. Unfortunately we weren’t able to get everyone involved. “
Some of the guest stars who appeared on the 105-Minute HBO Max program had supporting roles on the NBC sitcom, including Reese Witherspoon, Larry Hankin, Thomas Lennon, Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck, James Michael Tyler and Maggie Wheeler.
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The other guest stars on the special weren’t involved in the show, but all were fans of the show including David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Elliott Gould, Kit Harington, Lady Gaga, Mindy Kaling and Malala Yousafzai.
While Winston has shared a reasonable explanation for the absence of certain characters, many HBO Max subscribers have shared their disappointment on social media.
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“That reunion of friends was so cute,” Brooklyn Blerd writer Ashley K. Smalls wrote Thursday night. “I wish they had Paul Rudd and Cole Sprouse as well. “
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Meanwhile, Rolling Stone associate editor Angie Martoccio offered her review on Friday morning.
“The Friends Reunion: ‘We just don’t have time to include Paul Rudd and Cole Sprouse, but we HAVE to feature Justin Bieber in a potato costume,” Martoccio tweeted.
Rudd, 52, played Kudrow’s on-screen husband Mike Hannigan. The actor is currently filming the third installment of Marvel’s “Ant-Man” film franchise, according to IMDb.
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Sprouse, 28, was Schwimmer’s on-screen son, Ben Geller. Sprouse is not currently filming, but is a lead actor on the CW’s “Riverdale” series, which is in its fifth season. His IMDb page says he will appear in two upcoming projects named “Undercover” and “Moonshot”.