Friends Forever: David Schwimmer Says It Was 'Lovely to Be in the Same Room' as Costars Again
The get-together (which reunited 4/5 of the cast – Matthew Perry is in London preparing for an upcoming play) took place Sunday, whenthe gang taped NBC’s Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows, an upcoming two-hour special honoring director James Burrows, who recently shot his 1,000th episode of television. (Perry will still introduce his costars in the special.)
The Big Bang Theory stars were also at the taping, which made for one very star-studded Instagram.
The evening was also special because the actors got to honor Burrows, “who we all really love,” said Schwimmer, 49.
“He’s a prolific director and he really helped forge the cast as an ensemble and really clarify all those relationships from the get-go,” he added. “So it was lovely to be there.”
In fact, it was one of the legendary television director’s other sitcoms that initially inspired Schwimmer to pursue acting: “It was the cast of Taxi. Something about that show, it made me want to do this,” Schwimmer said.
Schwimmer also discussed his upcoming role playing the late Robert Kardashian, O.J. Simpson’s friend and defense attorney, in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – and how he prepared by chatting with Kardashian’s ex-wife Kris Jenner, 60.
“I wanted to get it right and luckily I was able to speak to Kris Jenner for some time and really get to understand who he was as a father and as a husband and he was such a big devoted family man,” Schwimmer said. “And you know, he was a man of great humility and faith, and that played a major role for me in playing him.”
After the premiere, the cast gathered at STK Los Angeles at the W Hotel where they celebrated with glasses of champagne and wine.
“John Travolta and Kelly Preston shut the party down,” says a source. “They were spotted at the end of the night in the corner.”
NBC’s Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows airs Feb. 21 on NBC, and The People v. O.J. Simpson premieres Feb. 2 (10 p.m. ET) on FX.