Matthew Perry and other members of the cast of Mr. Sunshine were on hand this weekend to promote the new ABC show. During the panel, Perry was asked a particularly awkward question about his former co-star from Friends, David Schwimmer. According to E!, the exchange went like this…
Reporter: “All the Friends are sort of cooking along pretty well these days except, it seems, for David [Schwimmer].”
Matthew: “If he were here, would you say, ‘Except for Matthew?’ ”
Reporter: “It seems as if you and Matt [LeBlanc] and certainly Lisa [Kudrow] and Courteney [Cox-Arquette] are all pretty darn successful on TV…and maybe I’m missing something with David…”
Matthew: “Are we anywhere near a question?”
Reporter: “Do you ever see David, and has he talked to you about his goals?”
Matthew: “I have not seen David for a while but I would assume he’s doing exactly what he wants to be doing. He loves directing and he loves the theater, so he’s probably doing a bunch of that lame stuff.” [laughs from the audience]
Later, Cougar Town executive producer Bill Lawrence, who wrote for Friends for awhile, chimed in on the idea that Schwimmer supposedly isn’t as successful as his former castmates. He said, “That’s such a fabrication. I know all those guys. I used to work on that show. How come David Schwimmer directing feature films and directing plays and producing stuff is considered not as good, when the reality is he can do any f–king show he wanted to do?! All he has to ask. If he wanted to do a show, he’d do it in a heartbeat.”
For the record, Schwimmer has been very busy since Friends ended. He’s guested on a few shows (30 Rock, Entourage) and acted in a few movies, including providing voices for Madagascar and its sequel. He’s directed movies, directed a play Off-Broadway, and starred onstage in London and on Broadway.
What do you think? Is Schwimmer any less successful than his former co-stars because he’s not making big-budget, high-profile projects?