Because Friends doesn’t have a lot of different people, the show’s creators and executive producers have strong feelings about it. They talked about the show’s lack of diversity, which seemed to show that there was a disagreement between the people who worked on the show and the people who watched it.
This is what the show’s creators said in a wide-ranging interview with the Hollywood Reporter: if the show were made today, there would be a different racial makeup of its six main stars.
‘If we did Friends today, I don’t think they’d be all-white,’ Kevin Bright said in the piece, which came after the Friends reunion show on HBO Max.
“We’d be so aware,” he said. “As long as they were able to act realistically in this time, there would be a lot of changes. Because of that, their race would change.”
There have been complaints in the past about the all-white, heteronormative cast of Friends. It was a show about six twenty-somethings living in New York.
Both Marta Kauffman and Kevin Bright said that they didn’t want to cast a group of white actors in the movie.
“We didn’t want to have a white cast. That was not the goal. As you can see, the chemistry between these six actors is clear “Kevin Bright told us.
In her words: Marta Kauffman told me that “During that time, there was no conscious thought about what to do. They came from every race, religion, and colour we could think of. The six people we cast were: So, it was not even a thought. And it wasn’t because it was based on real people, because it wasn’t real. The person you get an idea for, you write what you think their voice will sound like, but it wasn’t exact.”
During the making of the series, Marta Kauffman said, “I think there are probably a hundred things I would have done different.”
“I’ve talked about it in the past, and I have very strong feelings about my involvement in a system,” she said. “But I didn’t know what I didn’t know,” she said.
Because of how things have worked out in the past, Kevin Bright said he didn’t have any “other than hindsight regrets.”
“I would have been crazy not to hire those six actors.” “I don’t know. What do you think? I love this cast. I loved the show and I loved the whole thing. There is no doubt in my mind that Marta has a different opinion about it than I do. I think that everyone is affected by it, but I’m not sure.”
“Having shows that are true to the world we live in is very important for today. For the three of us, that may have been the case when we were young and in New York “”Kevin Bright, too,” said
First, the show started in 1994. The first black actor to have a speaking role didn’t show up until Gabrielle Union came on in season 7. In 2003, Aisha Tyler joined the cast as Dr. Charlie Wheeler, making her the show’s first black actor to have a recurring role on the show.
In 2018, Aisha Tyler talked to InStyle about her role on the show. She said that her casting was a good thing “It was a big moment for the show. As an actor, that was the biggest show on TV at the time, so it was a big deal for him to be on it.”
I think it was a big moment for the show when it came to race, because it was the first time that a character of colour had some longevity and stayed around for a long time. But what was interesting was that they didn’t really make a big deal out of it.
She also said, “The role wasn’t written for a woman of colour, and when I auditioned, I read against women of all races. They didn’t make it into a “very special episode of Friends,” where the friends suddenly had to deal with issues of race or try to make up for the previous eight seasons’ lack of diversity. I think that’s why it worked.”
As Aisha Tyler said, “I was just a character on the show. I think that’s why it worked so well.”
Friends first aired on NBC from 1994 to 2004. They lived in Manhattan in New York City, and the show was about six friends who were in their 20s and 30s and lived there.
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