Paul Rudd says he felt 'like a prop' on 'Friends'

Paul Rudd played as Mike Hannigan in "Friends".
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Paul Rudd said that during his time as Mike Hannigan he "felt like a prop" in the last two seasons of "Friends".
In a conversation with Chris Evans for Variety's "Actors on Actors" series, Rudd said that he was "only there for a short moment" and that it was "an interesting thing to be part of".
"I felt like I was a prop on this show. It's not about Mike Hannigan," he said.
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Paul Rudd says he "felt like a prop" when he played Mike Hannigan on NBC's hit sitcom "Friends".
"The show was about them in something like 'Friends', but it's interesting to be part of it," said Rudd, who joined the series last season, during a conversation with Chris Evans for Variety's " Actors on Actors "" series.
"I was only there for a short moment," said the 51-year-old actor. I felt: 'I'm like a prop on this show. It's not about Mike Hannigan. 'But it's a very interesting feeling to be part of something that has such a profound impact on pop culture. "
Paul Rudd in the ninth season of "Friends".
Rudd made his "Friends" debut as Phoebe Buffays (Lisa Kudrow) love interest in season 9, episode three, titled "The One With the Pediatrician".
During the episode, Phoebe and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) agreed to agree on a blind double date. Joey forgot to delay his end of the deal and was looking for a partner for Phoebe, so he lied and told her that she would meet a man named Mike. Joey then called for someone named Mike in Central Perk and was surprised when Rudd's character happened to be there.
In the end, Phoebe and Mike got on well and got married in the 10th and last season of "Friends".
Paul Rudd and Lisa Kudrow on "friends".
Rudd previously spoke about his experience as a supporting character on "Friends" during a appearance on "The Graham Norton Show" in October 2019.
The actor said that "it was an incredible thing to be part and whole of the experience, but a bit surreal and a bit blurry in my memory."
He also remembered that he felt a little uncomfortable on set when he turned the series finale and saw how the main characters, unlike him, were overwhelmed by emotions that had been in the series for 10 seasons.
"The show was a phenomenon and I was in the very last episode, which didn't make any sense to me at all," said Rudd. "I was on the sound stage and Jennifer Aniston was crying and thinking, 'I shouldn't be here'. To break the ice, I went over and said, 'Well, we did what a ride.'
"The joke inevitably fell flat!" he added.
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