Inside David Schwimmers on-set feud with Friends co-star who he turned on

He is known for playing the role of Ross Geller, the loveable palaeontologist on the legendary American sitcom Friends.

But David Schwimmer wasn’t always best buds with every member of the cast despite building life-long friendships with most of his co-stars.

The famous actor has actually been quite vocal about his ongoing feud with one of his closest cast members over the years.

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Now, as the TV star prepares to celebrate his 56th birthday with a bang, Daily Star has taken a deep dive inside his secret feud with his fellow actor.

Loyal fans of the long-running comedy show will remember Ross’ famous pet Marcel the monkey.

But despite how friendly they appeared on screen, the dynamic duo were quite big enemies on set, with the actor regularly admitting how frustrated he was with his co-star.

In 1995, Schwimmer told Entertainment Weekly how he “hated” his co-star who frequently made the cast mess up their lines on the show.

He told the publication: “I hate the monkey … I wish it were dead. The trainers won’t let me bond with it. They’re really, really possessive.

“It’s like, ‘Land on your marks, do your job, don’t touch or bond with the monkey’. It’s a bummer”.

And it appears as though the TV hunk still struggled to get over his bitter feud with the Capuchin monkey as he brought up his frustration with the adorable pet during the 2021 reunion special.

As the cast reunited as a group for the first time since the sitcom came to an end after 10 years on the silver screen, the dad-of-one opened up about how difficult it was to work with his furry friend on set.

He explained: “Here is my problem: The monkey, obviously, was trained and it had to hit its mark and do its thing at the perfect time.

“But what inevitably began to happen was we would all have choreographed bits kind of timed out and it would get messed up because the monkey didn’t do its job right.

“So we would have to reset, we’d have to go again, because the monkey didn’t get it right.”

David went on to recalled how trainers would even feed the monkeys “live grubs” whilst he was sat on his shoulder during filming.

The actor went on: “So the monkey would be sitting on my shoulder, take some grubs and break it up and then go like that,” he explained as he ruffled his own hair.

“So I'd have monkey grubby hands all over and it was just time for Marcel to … f**k off!”

Shortly after the anniversary episode aired last year, animal handler Mike Morris claimed that Schwimmer was jealous of the adorable primate because the monkey was getting “a lot of laughs” from the studio audience.


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In an interview The Sun, Morris explained that Schwimmer was fine with the monkeys on set but eventually “turned on them” and became “bitter” of their presence on set.

The animal trainer said: “Of course, I didn’t watch the reunion interview but I heard from others what Schwimmer said.

“I just don’t agree with it, if anything he threw off their timing if we want to be truthful. Schwimmer was fine with the monkeys for the first couple of episodes and happy to be there.

“But people would laugh at the monkey and I think he got jealous because it wasn’t him getting the laughs.”

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