Just call it where everyone wants to know how Phoebe does it. More than 14 years after the finale, Friends fans still ask Paul Rudd about Phoebe, the actor who was unveiled during a Good Morning America appearance on Thursday, June 28. Rudd played Phoebe's husband Mike on the NBC sitcom. OK, so both are fictional characters, but friends (and friends ) will always be there for you, anyway? Mike and Phoebe forever!
Rudd, who currently represents his last leading role in Marvel's Ant and the Wasp has been in the drama game for decades (which, of course, seems impossible since he never seems to age, according to the famous meme). But when GMA presenter Robin Roberts asked him which of his dozens of characters brings him the most recognition while in public, he said that three have come to mind.
"It has changed over time," he revealed. "If I go down the street now, people just go" Ant-Man. "And then they say every now and then," Hit the bass. "" They'll tell me that. "This quote, of course, comes from his character's attempt to to sound like a reggae musician in a scene from the romantic comedy I Love You Man of 2009. As his onscreen love, played by Rashida Jones, noted, his accent was hilariously much more like a goblin's.
"And then sometimes I get it:" How's your Phoebe? "" Added Rudd. "These are the only three." (Uh, not Josh from Clueless too?) To quote Cher, "Whatever.")
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Fans will never forget Rudd as Mike Hannigan (formerly renamed "Crap Bag"), the character introduced as a love interest for Lisa Kudrow's Phoebe Buffay in Season 9. Despite some ups and downs, the couple finally managed to be happy when they got married in front of the crew's coffee shop, Central Perk.
According to another guest star, this happy ending does not seem to have happened, and fans have Rudd himself to thank for the changing story. Hank Azaria, who played scientist David, another friend of Phoebe, told the Huffington Post that his character should end up with the singer "Smelly Cat" at the end.
"The plan has always been somehow to bring him back," Azaria said in 2016 to David [HuffingtonPostwho suspended his relationship with Phoebe for a career opportunity in Minsk. "I think, honestly, what happened was Paul Rudd is so great that they somehow found a groove with him and [Mike] became more of just the grist mill for this mill as opposed to the other way around."
Admitting the "a bit sad" to David "stung a bit", Azaria could not blame the producers for losing Rudd's charm and sang his actor's praise Huffington Post :  "He certainly proved that he strangely deserves Phoebe's love, he's a handsome devil, he's really annoyed, handsome, he should not be that handsome, he's like the comedy's Tom Brady."
Of course Kudrow was not Rudd's first interest on the screen of Friends . After meeting Jennifer Aniston years ago, when they were both trying to start their acting career, the couple went together for the first star in the 1998s The Object of My Affect ion .
"Jennifer [Aniston] is someone I've known for years Friends, " Rudd told People in 2015 his role in The object of my affection as one of his absolute favorites. "We had a conversation," Could you imagine that you and I are playing these main parts in a movie together?
He and Aniston continued to reunite again as a husband and wife in another comedy, 2012 Wanderlust .At that time they were For more than two decades, GQ asked her if it was ever funny to close your lips on the screen, I kissed him for years, "joked Aniston, while Rudd agreed, "We've made decades."
No matter how much time passes (or how often he rumbles with Aniston), fans still clearly remember Rudd as Mike from Friends – and apparently want to know how his onscreen wife Phoebe is doing.