Fun fact: Every main character on Friends had a stand-in, which is pretty self-explanatory. The person would stand in (get it?) when the real actors weren’t needed on set. This is usually done so the big-name celebs don’t have to wait around for hours while the crew tests lighting and camera angles. However, in some scenarios, the stand-in would fill in during actual scenes that are being filmed for TV.
For example, there’s a part in season eight, episode five of Friends (titled “The One with Rachel’s Date”), where Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) is talking to Monica (Courteney Cox) at Central Perk. The shot is a close-up of Phoebe, showing only the side of Monica’s face. There’s no denying that Cox is there in the beginning, but as the conversation progresses, it’s clear that she gets replaced by someone who resembles Cox…but isn’t her.
The same thing happened in season nine, episode 15 (titled “The One with the Mugging”), when Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) is standing behind Joey’s shoulder. At one point, Aniston is replaced by a lookalike who’s wearing a completely different shirt than her character was.
After ten seasons, there were bound to be some mistakes.
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