Courteney Cox Reveals Which Young Actor She Would Recast as Joey on 'Friends'


It’s hard to imagine anyone other than Matt LeBlanc as the lovable and hilarious Joey Tribiani, but Courteney Cox gave her best suggestion if the show was ever rebooted with a younger cast.

“Well, Timothée Chalamet can be Joey,” the 55-year-old actress said while appearing on Kevin Nealon’s YouTube series “Hiking with Kevin.”

“He’s so great,” she said raving over the 24-year-old Oscar-nominated actor.

While fans of the beloved sitcom shouldn’t hold their breath for a reboot anytime soon – star Jennifer Aniston once said a reboot could “ruin” the sitcom’s legacy – Cox’s fictional casting comes on the heels of HBO’s recently announced reunion special.

The original cast of the 1994 series — Cox, LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer — will reunite at the comedy’s original soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, California.

The unscripted reunion is being promoted as a celebration of the series and will be available on HBO’s streaming service, HBO Max, in May 2020.

“We’re going to have the best time. It’s going to be great,” she said adding that the six of them have never “actually sat there and talked about and reminisced about this incredible experience that we had.”

“It’s gonna be fantastic,” she gushed.

Cox then emphasized how rare the moment will be since all six stars of the iconic series have never gathered in a room to discuss their time together throughout the show’s ten seasons.

"But we really haven't all done that and actually sat there and talked about and reminisced about this incredible experience that we had,” she added. “It's gonna be fantastic."

Despite all the reunion photos on Instagram, Cox said that the six of them have only all hung out together twice since the show’s end in 2004.

"The ideal for me—and we just actually recently did this, and it took forever. I don't know how many years it was, maybe 15 years—and we finally all got together and had dinner," she continued. "And when we get together, which is never—it only just doesn't happen very often, like twice since we ended the show—it's just the most fun. We laugh so hard.”

Cox also revealed that she never thought the show would be as successful as it became, but she always knew she wanted to be part of it.

“I definitely wanted to do it,” she said. “I thought it was a really funny script. And, I mean I didn’t know it was going to be such a big show. But I thought it was funny for sure.”

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