David Schwimmer HATED working with Marcel the monkey on Friends because he would 'mess up timing'

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David Schwimmer HATED working with Marcel the monkey on Friends because he would ‘mess up the timing’

He’s back on the big screen reminiscing on good times with old friends.

But David Schwimmer recalled a less than lovely time working with Marcel the monkey as he chatted with his co-stars on Friends: The Reunion.  

The 54-year-old actor’s character, Ross Geller, had a pet capuchin named Marcel in season one and though the cute creature was a hit with viewers, David hated working with him because he would ‘mess up the timing’ for filming.

Yikes! David Schwimmer recalled a less than lovely time working with Marcel the monkey as he chatted with his co-stars on Friends: The Reunion

Yikes! David Schwimmer recalled a less than lovely time working with Marcel the monkey as he chatted with his co-stars on Friends: The Reunion

During the reunion special, the cast was asked if there was anything they disliked about the show and David said bluntly: ‘Yes. The monkey.’

While co-star Jennifer Aniston insisted she ‘loved’ the creature, David assured everyone there were valid reasons for his unhappiness. 

‘That’s because you didn’t have to touch it,’ he said. ‘I want to say, I love animals. I’m an animal lover, but here’s my problem.’

Not a fan: The 54-year-old actor's character, Ross Geller, had a pet capuchin named Marcel in season one and though the cute creature was a hit with viewers, David hated working with him because he would 'mess up the timing' for filming

Not a fan: The 54-year-old actor’s character, Ross Geller, had a pet capuchin named Marcel in season one and though the cute creature was a hit with viewers, David hated working with him because he would ‘mess up the timing’ for filming

'That combined with the trainer giving the monkey live grubs to eat,' he said. 'He would eat in and I would have monkey grub hands all over my face. 'It was time to.... it was time for Marcel to f**k off!'

‘That combined with the trainer giving the monkey live grubs to eat,’ he said. ‘He would eat in and I would have monkey grub hands all over my face. ‘It was time to…. it was time for Marcel to f**k off!’

‘The monkey would mess up scenes and when it didn’t do its job right, we would have to go again over and over.

‘The monkey didn’t hit its mark, I’m sorry.

‘That combined with the trainer giving the monkey live grubs to eat. He would eat in and I would have monkey grub hands all over my face. 

‘It was time to … it was time for Marcel to f**k off!’

Courteney Cox also admitted she wasn’t a fan, and neither was Matthew Perry.

Together again: The long-awaited Friends reunion finally made its debut on Thursday, with the sitcom's cast heading back to the iconic set to reminisce on the show's history, 17 years since its conclusion

Together again: The long-awaited Friends reunion finally made its debut on Thursday, with the sitcom’s cast heading back to the iconic set to reminisce on the show’s history, 17 years since its conclusion

While David was the first to sign up for the show, creators Martha Kaufmann and David Crane admitted they had to ‘beg’ him to play Ross, having written the character with him in mind.

Speaking on the hotly-anticipated reunion show, Martha said: ‘We had seen David for another role in a different show, and remembered him, so when we started creating ‘Friends’ [he] was in our minds. But we had to send him gift baskets [to convince him]!’

David added: ‘He had quit TV. He’d had a miserable experience on another show so he moved back to Chicago to just do theatre. We had to beg him and beseech him and say we wrote the part for him! We assured him this was going to be different from his other experience.’

The six stars — Courteney Cox (Monica Gellar), Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing), Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay) and David Schwimmer (Ross Geller) — reunited on the Warner Bros. studio lot, where the original show was filmed, for a night full of laughs, tears and everything in between

The six stars — Courteney Cox (Monica Gellar), Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing), Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay) and David Schwimmer (Ross Geller) — reunited on the Warner Bros. studio lot, where the original show was filmed, for a night full of laughs, tears and everything in between

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