Deleted Scene From Friends Reunion Reveals Surprising Details About The Opening Credits

The "Friends" reunion still has everyone talking. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, and Matthew Perry proved that they're still television royalty as they came together for the unscripted reunion special (via TVLine). The show was packed full of memorable moments, which included some A-list guest stars like Justin Bieber, David Beckham, Cindy Crawford, and Lady Gaga. However, much of the magic happened in the moments when the six cast members were left to talk amongst themselves and reminisce about their 10-year stint on the iconic television series. During those moments, there was plenty of laughter and tears as the gang recalled their favorite episodes and the ups and downs of the fame the show brought them.

In addition to some candid conversations and fun-filled moments, such as hilarious table reads of classic episodes, the cast also sat down for an interview with host James Corden. During that time, they imagined where their characters would be today, and even dished some behind-the-scenes secrets. One of the biggest moments came when Aniston and Schwimmer admitted that they had huge crushes on each other during the early days of filming. 

"The first season, I had a major crush on Jen," Schwimmer told Corden. "It was reciprocated," Aniston chimed in, adding that the pair never engaged in a romantic relationship. "We just channeled all of our adoration and love for each other into Ross and Rachel," she admitted (via Us Weekly). Meanwhile, there were also moments that fans didn't get to see due to editing.

The iconic opening credits for Friends almost ended up on the editing floor

According to Us Weekly, one moment that viewers didn't get to see in the "Friends" reunion special was about the opening credit sequence. Fans know that "Friends" has an iconic theme song and a memorable opening in which the characters dance around in a New York City fountain soaking wet. However, that nearly didn't happen. Producer Kevin S. Bright revealed that the original opening credits were filmed in the coffee shop as the gang played cards. Thankfully, they decided to scrap those scenes and created a brand new image.

"We needed someplace where we didn't have to travel too far, where we could just shoot it after a run-through. It couldn't have a lot of production value," co-creator David Crane admitted, adding that they were tasked with finding a location on the Warner Bros. lot to film before finally settling on the fountain. In addition, Bright recalled that the cast wasn't even dancing to the "Friends" theme song during the opening credits. "We had not recorded the theme song yet. We played back something for them to dance to, it was something funky, I remember that. The interesting thing is that it looks like in the title sequence that Jennifer [Aniston] is lip-syncing to 'I'll Be There for You.' She's lip-syncing to some other song we will never remember now," he explained.

Co-creator Marta Kauffman also remembered that the night the scene was filmed was cold. "The fountain was cold, and they were so game and so great about throwing themselves in there," she said, as Bright revealed the cast filmed for about four hours that night. Thankfully, it all worked out, and "Friends" now has one of the most iconic opening credits of all time.