1. Paul Rudd said that during the last two seasons of “Friends,” he “felt like a prop when he played Mike Hannigan.”
Rudd first appeared on “Friends” in season nine, episode three, “The One With the Pediatrician,” as Phoebe Buffay’s (Lisa Kudrow) love interest.
2. Rudd told Chris Evans for Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series that he “was only in it for a blip” and that it was “an interesting thing to be a part of.”
During the episode, Phoebe and Joey (played by Matt LeBlanc) agreed to set each other up on a blind double date. Joey forgot to keep his end of the deal, so he had to scramble to find a date for Phoebe. He told her she would be meeting a guy named Mike, which was a lie. Then, Joey went to Central Perk and asked if anyone there was named Mike. Rudd’s character was there, which surprised Joey.
3: “I felt like I was just a prop in the show. He said, “It’s not about Mike Hannigan.”
Paul Rudd says that when he played Mike Hannigan on the hit NBC show “Friends,” he “felt like a prop.” “In ‘Friends,’ the show was about them, but it’s interesting to be a part of,” Rudd said in an interview with Chris Evans for Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series. Rudd joined the show in its second-to-last season. The 51-year-old actor said, “I was only in it for a short time.” I thought, “I’m just an extra in this show. It has nothing to do with Mike Hannigan. But it’s to be a part of something that significantly affects popular culture.
4. Phoebe and Mike get along, and during the 10th and last season of “Friends,” they get married.
Rudd has talked about his time as a minor character on “Friends” before. In October 2019, he was on “The Graham Norton Show” and talked about it. The actor said, “It was an amazing thing to be a part of, and the whole thing seems a little bit surreal and a little bit of a blur to me now.”
He also said that he felt an awkward little being on set while the series finale was being filmed and seeing the main cast members crying because they had been in the show for 10 seasons while he had only been in it for one.
Rudd said, “The show was a phenomenon, and I was in the last episode, which I didn’t understand.” “I was on the stage, and Jennifer Aniston was crying. I thought, ‘I’m not supposed to be here,’ so I went over and said, ‘Well, we did it, what a ride.'” “Of course, the joke didn’t work!” he added.