Many stars have been considered to join the cast of Modern family. It turns out that two stars of friends were considered for roles in the Dunphy family. Find out who they were and why they refused.
Craig T. Nelson Strayed From “Modern Family” Because Of Money
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Craig T. Nelson was originally offered the role of Jay Pritchett after someone threw a play because he was stuck between him and Ed O’Neill. However, things broke down during negotiations. Casting director Jeff Greenberg talked about it in the book “Modern Family: The Untold Oral History of One of Television’s Groundbreaking Sitcoms”.
“He wanted star money, and he was not a show star,” said Page Six’s Greenberg. “It’s a big show. I understand from his agent that he regretted his decision. I’m not surprised.”
It was not the only reason why things did not work. Modern family Co-creator Steve Levitan said rumors that Nelson was “difficult” and his interview with Glenn Beck had changed their minds.
“It scared us, frankly,” he said. “There was a lack of self-awareness and compassion that worried us. Meanwhile, all we’ve heard is that Ed O’Neill is the nicest person on the planet. We decided to withdraw the offer and go to Ed. ”
Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc were planned for Claire and Phil
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Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay, was considered the mother of three children. Matt LeBlanc, who played Joey Tribbiani, almost played her husband.
The role of Claire Dunphy could have been a change for Kudrow. Claire is funny but being a tense person. LeBlanc, on the other hand, would easily fit into the role of Phil who is clumsy like Joey.
LeBlanc told USA Today that he refused the role. “I remember reading it thinking, it’s a very good screenplay, (but) I’m not the guy for it,” he said. “I would make the project an injustice to accept this. I know what I can do, I know what I can’t do. Besides, I have too much fun on the sofa. “
Krudow also spoke about the transfer of the role. “I thought to myself, ‘I don’t know what I would do with it,'” she said according to Access. “And so, you know, that’s it. Julie Bowen knows what to do with it, so everything is as it should be.”
The “Friends” cast meets
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Fans didn’t get a chance to watch the co-stars play a married couple. But they can review the casting together.
Kudrow, LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry meet for a special on HBO Max. The unscripted show will show them to the creators of the series, David Crane and Marta Kauffman, talking about their experiences filming the show. Production of the special is suspended due to the pandemic.