Turns out that Phoebe Buffay was supposed to have a VERY different ending on "Friends"
Friends may have ended back in 2004, but that doesn’t mean we won’t continue to learn new things about our six favorite roommates. Just today, the TV gods have bestowed such a gift upon us in the form of a Phoebe Buffay alternative ending.
Remember how Phoebe ended up with our collective soulmate Mike Hannigan, who’s played by Paul Rudd? Well, that almost didn’t happen.
Though Phoebe officially ended her time on Friends with Mike, their wedding wasn’t always in the cards. In fact, it was David (yes, the scientist boyfriend) who was more than ready to come between them.
“The plan always was kind of to bring [David] back,” Hank Azaria (the actor who played David) told The Huffington Post. “I think, honestly, what happened was Paul Rudd is so awesome that they sort of found a groove with him and [my character] became more of just the grist for that mill. As opposed to the other way around.”
Just in case you forgot about David’s ending, let’s recap: His relationship with Phoebe ended when he travelled to Minsk in the name of doing important research. However, he ended up coming back into Phoebe’s life after she learned that Mike never wanted to marry again because he was still scarred by his first failed marriage. At this point, David returned to propose to Phoebe, which caused Mike to do the same so he wouldn’t lose her.
While Phoebe turned both men down, she (of course) ended up with Mike because – duh – HE’S PAUL RUDD.
Yet, though Hank loves Paul Rudd and his role on Friends, this hasn’t stopped the actor from feeling bad for his character:
He explained, “It actually did sting a little bit. Whatever part of me is David the science guy who went to Minsk, which admittedly is probably a small part of me [laughs], but that part of me wanted to end up with Phoebe. So I was sort of sad when I didn’t.”
Even with his sadness in mind, Hank concluded that Mike Hannigan was truly meant to be with Phoebe. He asserted, “He certainly has gone on to prove that he was comedically deserving of Phoebe’s love.” We can’t help but agree!
Ultimately, when it comes to Friends endings, we’re just happy that Phoebe’s happy.