Lisa Kudrow has already shot part of Friends reunion special

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Lisa Kudrow in Friends (ABC)
Lisa Kudrow in Friends (ABC)

Lisa Kudrow has revealed she has already “pre-shot something” for the Friends reunion, in a bid to reassure fans that it is still going ahead.

She told the Literally! With Rob Lowe podcast: "There's different facets to it, and we already shot packages of things. I pre-shot something for it already so we're definitely doing it because I already shot a little something.”

The reunion special, which was first announced in February 2020, will bring the sitcom's six main cast members – Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, and Kudrow – back together on screen for the first time since the series ended in 2004.

It has been delayed numerous times due to the pandemic, and is now due to go into production in “early spring”.

Kudrow reiterated that the reunion is not a reboot but is a chance for the actors to reminisce on their time on the show. "It's not, like, a scripted thing. We're not portraying our characters. It's us getting together, which just doesn't happen a lot and has never happened in front of other people since 2004 when we stopped.”

Last year, Kudrow defended Friends amid criticism that the show has aged badly.

In recent years, the show has been accused of having "problematic" storylines, with millennial viewers describing it as transphobic, homophobic and sexist, and lamenting the lack of non-white characters.

Speaking about what Friends would be like if it aired today, Kudrow told The Sunday Times: “Oh, it’d be completely different. It would not be an all-white cast, for sure. I’m not sure what else, but, to me, it should be looked at as a time capsule, not for what they did wrong.”

She continued: “Also, this show thought it was very progressive. There was a guy whose wife discovered she was gay and pregnant, and they raised the child together? We had surrogacy too. It was, at the time, progressive.”

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