, the director of “Friends: The Reunion
,” revealed how a production blunder nearly ruined the show’s emotional opening sequence.
Winston told The New York Times
that he wanted the six actors
' first meeting for the special to take place on the original soundstage at Warner Bros. Studios in California
The show, however, ran into issues when the cast's six trailers
were parked right next to each other on the lot.
“I was so upset,” Winston admitted, “because the point of the show is they haven’t seen each other, but it was too late to move them.” Winston revealed that the team quickly thought on their feet to keep their original plan intact.
“We built tents around each of their doorways,” Winston explained, “and I texted the six of them and said, ‘Look, I know you want to see each other, but I beg you: please stay in your own dressing room until you're called to the stage. I really want to catch that moment.’”
“They were, like, ‘What do you mean? We’re all in the car on our way here together.’ ‘Jen, will you pick me up a coffee?’ ‘Oh, I’m already outside your house
.’ And then Matt [texted] ‘I’m already in bed with David.’
“They mocked me for wanting that moment, but they did what I asked, and you get the impression that they haven't seen each other in ages, and it's a really beautiful moment. I've never seen a bond like this six have.”
previously revealed that her favorite reunion moment occurred during this segment of the show – even if she didn't notice it at the time.
She claimed that she didn't realize what had happened until David Schwimmer
pointed it out to her while they were rewatching the episode together.
“Courteney [Cox] comes in and bursts into tears, and then I grab a napkin, or a tissue, [and Matt] LeBlanc takes it, because he's telling a story and doesn't want to skip a beat, and starts dabbing her eyes, just on automatic,” Kudrow explained to E! News