September 22nd marks the 25th anniversary of the day Friends debuted in 1994 (how old do you feel?) and while stars of the sitcom are celebrating that fateful TV day, one special guest star from the show’s run is also sharing fond memories.
Brad Pitt, who appeared on the Thanksgiving episode of Season 8, recalled his experience on the beloved show and admitted that while it was a gas, it wasn’t exactly a breeze. “I remember it,” he told Access Hollywood. “It’s a great cast, man. I mean, they laugh and really have a great time with each other. But I flubbed my first line. We had to stop and start again.”
Hmm. Considering his actual first line is “Hey,” perhaps his recall is a little off. Pitt was likely referring to the line after his character tells Monica (Courteney Cox) that he lost 150 pounds since their school days and was “gonna be in one of those Subway sandwich commercials.” Or perhaps it was the next line, where he talks about the pie he brought that was “no fat,” “no sugar,” “no dairy,” and was just “no good” before suggesting to “throw it out.” Either way, it’s kinda fun to hear that a big-time movie star could step on a TV set and have a little trouble knocking it out of the park.
If you recall, the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star appeared on the episode titled “The One With the Rumor.” He played Will Colbert, an old friend of Monica’s and Ross’ (David Schwimmer) who hated Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) for being mean to him in high school. The best part about all that was Pitt and Aniston were in their second year of marriage at the time, making the on-screen rivalry that much more hilarious.
Pitt and Aniston were married from 2000 to 2005. The actress spoke about the end of both her marriages (her first to Pitt; and second to Justin Theroux, which ended in 2018) late last year, saying, “It was a choice that was made because we chose to be happy, and sometimes happiness didn’t exist within that arrangement anymore.”
Pitt—who moved on rather quickly with his Mr. and Mrs. Smith co-star, Angelina Jolie, before they also called it quits in 2016—is much friendlier with Aniston than he is with Jolie. While he and Angie are civil at best, Pitt attended Aniston’s 50th birthday party earlier this year and the two reportedly still touch base with one another every now and again.
In honour of the show’s upcoming anniversary, Cox, Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc all shared the same cast photo on their respective Instagram pages, all with the same sentiment: “Celebrating a Thursday night 25 years ago.” Must-see, indeed.
Friends aired from 1994 to 2004. Pitt can now be seen in Ad Astra, which hit theatres today.