Tracking the Movie Futures of 'Friends'
It will hardly be the end of the rainbow for the million-dollar-a-week cast of “Friends” should the hit NBC sitcom indeed end its nine-season run next May. In a sweeping survey of the cast’s
plans — and prospects — for future film careers, The New York Times notes that so far this week’s PEOPLE covergirl, Jennifer Aniston, 33, buoyed by the positive critical reaction to her dramatic turn in the current “The Good Girl,” seems to stand the best chance of executing a George Clooney-like leap from small to big screen. She’s not the only one with cinematic aspirations, reports the paper. Matt LeBlanc, 35, commuted weekly between the “Friends” set in Burbank to an Eastern European location to shoot the dark World War II comedy “All the Queen’s Men,” opening in October. Based on a true story, the film stars LeBlanc as a macho soldier who dons women’s drag to spy on the Nazis. Courteney Cox Arquette, 38, has already had her movie hits, “Scream” and “Scream 2.” She’s now set to star in a rural drama called “The Secret Life of Daltry Calhourn,” reports The Times. Sticking to offbeat roles, Lisa Kudrow, 39, will be seen in the low-budget film “Bark,” in which she plays a veterinarian to a woman who’s become a dog. “I’m not trying to be Julia Roberts,” Kudrow tells The Times. David Schwimmer, 35, just shot a low-budget independent film, “Hotel,” in which he plays a wannabe Hollywood producer with a real killer instinct. Matthew Perry, 33, who soon opens opposite Elizabeth Hurley in the glossy “Serving Sara,” was temporarily derailed by substance-abuse problems but has been sober since February 2001, the paper reports. Now back on track, Perry tells The New York Times: “I didn’t get sober because I felt like it. I got sober because I was worried I was going to die the next day.”