Everything we know about Friends character Phoebe Buffay just became extinct! Well, her love life anyway. So, we all know that Phoebe, played by Lisa Kudrow, ended up with Mike Hannigan (Paul Rudd). But as I just learned, things were NOT supposed to go that way!
In an interview this week with the Huffington Post, Hank Azaria — the actor who played David, the scientist who was Phoebe’s first serious relationship — revealed that his character was actually supposed to return triumphantly and win Phoebe back!
The only problem is… it never happened, and it’s all because of Paul Rudd’s charm and charisma!
Azaria made the big reveal, saying:
“The plan always was kind of to bring [David] back. I think, honestly, what happened was Paul Rudd is so awesome that they sort of found a groove with him and [my character] became more of just the grist for that mill. As opposed to the other way around.”
Just imagine how Phoebe’s story would have been different had this original plan actually panned out…. and what about Paul Rudd’s career? We’ll never know….