Why Paul Rudd and Cole Sprouse couldn’t make it to “Friends: The Reunion” | 2021

The highly anticipated reunion of the decade finally happened. Yes, we are talking about the cult classic show Friends, which still trends even after 27 years of its release. Fans really saw their six friends back together in the same room, but some other actors from the show were missing. Let us get into it.

Friends: The Reunion was aired on 27th May, 2021, on HBO Max, and the main six protagonists: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, all made it to the episode. Also, other actors who played some role in the series such as Elliot Gould, Christina Pickles, James Michael Tyler, Tom Selleck, Maggie Wheeler, Reese Witherspoon, etc made guest appearances. Also some big names around the world such as BTS, David Beckham, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Cara Delevigne, Cindy Crawford, Kit Harrington, etc made a small appearance. Even so, fans complained that two major actors who played major characters in the show were missing. They were Paul Rudd and Cole Sprouse.

Paul Rudd portrayed the character of Mike, who starts dating Phoebe and marries her. While Cole Sprouse played the character of Ben, who is Ross and Carol’s son. Although Ben was not seen after the seventh season and Mike was only introduced in the ninth season, they really played a huge part and their characters were very popular.


People often consider Mike as the seventh friend, and fans were really disappointed when he couldn’t make it to the show. About this, Ben Winston, who is the director of the episode says, “Well, we couldn’t have everybody on, because it’s only an hour and forty five minutes. And you’ve got to pay attention – the main nub of the show has got to be about the six cast members. So, you can’t have too many cameos because of course, there were hundreds of amazing people who were in ‘Friends’ over the years. Sadly, we couldn’t get everybody in.”

He continues saying, “I think during a pandemic, it’s really hard to get everybody where you want to be. And the other thing, of course, is we have no flexibility. It was one night that those six were available. The timing of it was incredibly difficult. So, you know, if you weren’t available on the seventh of April at 8 p.m., then sadly, they weren’t able to be part of it. Yeah we couldn’t get everybody in. It’s just one of those things. I hope people will think about all the great things that are in there rather than the things that aren’t.”

So where were Paul Rude and Cole sprouse doing during friends Reunion ?

Well, it is true that the actors were not available that night as Paul Rudd was shooting the new movie of Antman and the Wasp, while Cole Sprouse was shooting the new season of Riverdale in Vancouver.

However, some fans did acknowledge the presence of Paul Rudd in the show hilariously. In the episode, we see Lisa Kudrow was attacked by a bug, and she freaked out. Fans joked about it saying Paul Rudd came to the show as his Marvel character, but nobody could recognize him. The coincidence is that the bug actually landed on Lisa Kudrow and not on anybody else.

Other big actors who were missing from the show were Brad Pitt and George Clooney too. Brad Pitt portrayed the character of Will, who hates Jennifer Aniston’s character of Rachel, and starts the ‘I hate Rachel Green’ club along with David Schwimmer’s character of Ross. George Clooney portrayed the character if Dr. Mitchell in the episode, “The One with Two Parts, Part 2.”


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