Vanity Fair has an extensive oral history of Friends that you can currently read on-line. It’s mostly a behind-the-scenes look at how former president of NBC Warren Littlefield and Jennifer Aniston used to run into each other on the street sometimes and also about how Matt LeBlanc got drunk the night before his audition and scraped his face on the sidewalk. But then there is also this quote concerning the casting of Matthew Perry as “Chandler”:
MARTA KAUFFMAN (writer and producer of Friends): It was a fascinating casting experience. We saw a countless number of actors, but things happened as they were supposed to happen. One of the first actors on our list was Matthew Perry to play Chandler, but he was doing a show called LAX 2194 [a Fox pilot about baggage handlers in the year 2194], so he wasn’t available. We brought other people in.
Hold on. Yeerrrrrrrp STOP THE BLOG CAR! Why are we even sitting around talking about a beloved sitcom that everyone in the world knows and loves that defined a generation of television watchers when we should be talking about LAX 2194. Hi, are you kidding me?! A FOX PILOT ABOUT BAGGAGE HANDLERS IN THE YEAR 2194? Wowowowowow! “Imagine the best idea you’ve ever heard. Now double it.” How is that show not on the air still? Was it TOO perfect? Everyone take the rest of the day off and go be with your families. You should be with people you love right now.