Tom Selleck was nervous to appear on Friends, but his co-stars had nothing but praise for his attitude behind the scenes.
Appearing on was a career-altering opportunity. However, for the actors that did take part, it was at times a very nervous experience, especially given the chemistry of the main cast. The likes of , given how tight the main cast was.
As we'll reveal in the following, Tom Selleck's experience on the show was also one that had some elevated levels of anxiety. Although Selleck was beloved in his role, he was very nervous behind the scenes.
We're going to take a closer look at his time on the show, and how Selleck was received by his co-stars, including . Although Jen wasn't always complimentary towards the guest-stars, she had major praise for Selleck.
Among Tom Selleck's most memorable roles will always include his time on as Dr. Richard Burke. Although Selleck does have fond memories of his time on the show, . This was especially true given that the cast already had tremendous chemistry among one another early on.
"I try to relax the new actors because that's really hard, to come on a show where everybody's up to speed. It's like when I did ," he said. "They were up to speed," Selleck revealed alongside Kelly Clarkson.
Selleck would go on to admit that his table reads weren't great, and that the pressure of the role intensified given that he didn't have a background on sitcoms at the time.
"I was scared to death," he said. "I had done a long time before, but I hadn't done a sitcom. And so, I was really nervous."
Tom was able to get through it, and he credited Courteney Cox as a major help along the way behind the scenes.
"Courteney helped a lot. Courteney's a big help. But that group's an incredible group of friends. They obviously became friends in life as well as on the show. And it shows. It was a wonderful place to work."
Although Tom had mixed feelings about his time on the series, Jennifer Aniston felt completely different. She had nothing but praise for the actor and his involvement on the series.
Behind the scenes, Jennifer Aniston had major praise for Tom Selleck. Speaking alongside Howard Stern,
"Tom has an angel’s halo over his head, it's just a permanent halo over Tom’s head," Aniston said about her experience alongside the actor.
During her interview on , Courteney Cox also had fond memories of her time alongside Selleck, calling him the best boyfriend she had on the show.
"Well, Tom Selleck was the nicest, and the tallest. Jon Favreau is the best director, [but] he wasn’t directing then."
It clearly was a positive atmosphere on the set of . However, Jennifer Aniston wasn't praising every guest-star and in truth, she felt the complete opposite about a certain cameo during the earlier seasons.
Speaking alongside Howard Stern, Jennifer Aniston did pinpoint a certain guest-star, and during the early seasons, prior to massive fame.
Aniston recalled, "I remember when we were doing a network run-through, the network and the producers would just laugh," she explained. "And this person would be like, ‘Listen to them, just laughing at their own jokes. So stupid, not even funny."
She continued, "It was just like, ‘What are you doing here? Your attitude, this is not what we’re all about. This is a wonderful, warm place to be, and you’re coming into our home and just s*** on it.’"
The person Aniston was referring to is Fisher Stevens. The actor would comment on Aniston's claims, not denying her claims. Stevens would reveal that his mood soured after his script was changed right before the shoot, and wasn't as appealing as the first one.
“Because that’s what sitcoms did," he said. "And I didn’t know that. I was kind of an a******, I have to admit. "What do you mean? So I have to relearn lines that you’ve written that are worse than what you’d originally written?’ Yeah, I was a ****."
Stevens would go on to apologize for his conduct. "I’ve rarely seen any of those people on Friends again, but I’m sure if you asked them about me, they would go, ‘What a New York snob.’ I’m sorry, guys. I’m sorry. I apologize. I was bad, I was wrong."
To no surprise, he wasn't welcomed back to the show following his brief cameo.