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Let us weave you a tale of loyalty and heartbreak, about the time David Schwimmer wasn’t able to do Men In Black. The actor recounted the saga on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, and the story goes something like this: During Schwimmer’s Friends tenure, he made a Miramax rom-com called The Pallbearer, opposite Gwyneth Paltrow. The studio mistakenly foresaw greatness and wanted to sign Schwimmer to a three-picture deal. Being a wily fellow, Schwimmer negotiated that he would only sign on to that if they allow him to direct and cast his Chicago theater buddies, and he got his wish.
Turns out, however, that production on that movie conflicted with Men In Black, and ol’ Schwims had to say no to the blockbuster in order to honor his commitment to his friends. You see, he’ll be there for you/them: “I just said, I can »
- Esther Zuckerman
Rob Leane Aug 23, 2016
One of the many curious footnotes in Hollywood history is that Will Smith’s leading role in Men In Black was first offered to David Schwimmer. The 1997 film that catapulted the Fresh Prince star to global super stardom was Schwimmer’s for the taking, and it lined up perfectly with a between-seasons production break on Friends.
So why did Schwimmer turn it down? He’s now explained the decision in detail in conversation with The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast host Scott Feinberg. Here’s the story, as Schwimmer regaled it...
The deal with that was: so I had shot The Pallbearer [a romantic comedy co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow] for Miramax, and they had very high hopes for it. And while we were shooting it, they wanted to lock me into a three-picture deal. »
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