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Hank Azaria recently revealed that his character, David, was supposed to end up with Phoebe on Friends — not Paul Rudd’s Mike.
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When asked if he knew being sent to Minsk would mean the end of the TV scientist, he replied, “No I didn’t know that was the end of David. The plan always was kind of to bring him back.”
While he did make an appearance (“The One in Barbados”) later in the series, he explained he specifically meant that he thought David and Phoebe would end up together.
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“I think, honestly, what happened was Paul Rudd was so awesome that they sort of found a groove with him and [my character] became more or just the grist for the mill,” he explained. “As opposed to the other way around.”
While Hank admitted that learning David wouldn’t end up with Phoebe “stung,” he just had to face the reality — Mike is Phoebe’s lobster.
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