HBO’s “Friends: The Reunion” has a long list of guest stars, but Paul Rudd and Cole Sprouse are prominently missing.
Both actors are supporting actors, playing alongside the six main cast members: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Matt Leblanc, Ben Winston, the director of the Homecoming special, told The Wrap. That there was a reason Rudd and Sprouse were excluded.
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“We can’t get everyone to join. Because it̵7;s only an hour and 45 minutes and you have to pay attention – the focus of the show has to be about six actors,” Winston told Entertainment sources. There have been hundreds of amazing people who have been in ‘Friends’ over the years. Unfortunately we can’t get everyone in.”
Some of the guest stars who appeared on HBO Max’s 105 Minutes show have supported the cast of NBC sitcoms, including Reese Witherspoon, Larry Hankin, Thomas Lennon, Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck, James Michael Tyler and Maggie Wheeler.
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The rest of the special guest stars have nothing to do with the show. But everyone is a fan of the series, including David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Elliott Gould, Kit Harington, Lady Gaga, Mindy Kaling and Malala Yousuz. fai
While Winston shared a reasonable explanation for the absence of certain characters, a fair number of HBO Max members expressed their disappointment on social media.
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“The friend reunion was lovely,” Brooklyn Blerd writer Ashley K. Smalls wrote Thursday evening. “I hope they get Paul Rudd and Cole Sprouse too.”
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Meanwhile, Rolling Stone’s Associate Editor Angie Martoccio offered the review Friday morning.
“Friends gathering: ‘We didn’t have time to combine Paul Rudd and Cole Sprouse, but we had to put Justin Bieber in a potato dress,'” Martoccio tweeted.
Rudd, 52, plays Kudrow’s on-screen husband, Mike Hannigan, and the actor is currently shooting the third installment of Marvel’s “Ant-Man” movie franchise, according to IMDb.
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Sprouse, 28, is Schwimmer Ben Geller’s on-screen son. Sprouse is not currently filming. But he’s a key member in the CW’s “Riverdale” series, which is in season five. His IMDb page says he’ll appear in two upcoming projects called “Undercover” and “Moonshot.”