Story: Jack Foley
THE cast of friends have admitted that emotions are running high
as they prepare to film the final episode of the popular, long-running
Speaking at a press conference in the run-up to the finale, the
cast admitted the approaching finale had left them feeling sadder
than they had imagined, especially as they have been so close
since filming began, over a decade ago.
As anticipation builds ahead of the episode, and speculation
mounts over possible endings, Warner Bros has also announced that
the audience will be kept away from certain scenes, in an attempt
to keep the closing minutes a secret.
Speaking of her emotions, however, Jennifer Aniston, who plays
Rachel, said they felt like delicate china right now,
with Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe), predicting that they were going
to smash into a million pieces, as its a deeper
loss than they had been expecting.
The final episode will be aired in the US in the Spring, and
will follow in the UK shortly afterwards - although plans have
been announced to film a one-off reunion special, one year later.
A spin-off series, featuring Matt LeBlancs character, Joey,
will air on US TV the following season, and is said to be courting
some of the former love interests from the characters past
to appear, including supermodel, Elle MacPherson, who appeared
as his room-mate.
LeBlanc said he was more than happy to reprise his role, bearing
in mind it had taken a third of his life.
David Schwimmer, who plays Ross, maintained that the cast had
remained very close during the programme's ten-year run, adding
that they had liked each other from the beginning and counted
themselves very lucky.
He promised the last episode would live up to fans' expectations,
and that we will end up with a sense of a new beginning.
Courtney Cox-Arquette, who plays Monica, said she was looking
forward to motherhood to take her mind off the end of the show.
She is expecting her child in July.