Gunther From ‘Friends’ Is Finally Back In The Acting Game!

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Published 17.04.19
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Gunther really is the unsung hero of Friends.

If there was a seventh main character, it’d definitely be him, because he’s been through it all with our beloved gang.

The break-ups, the make-ups, the hours spent chatting away in Central Perk, the awful hairdos and outfits – he’s been there every step of the way.


James Michael Tyler played the manager of Central Perk throughout the sitcom’s 10 seasons, but for the past six years he’s been taking a hiatus from acting.

But now he’s back, and set to star in  a drama short titled The Gesture And The Word, which is set for a 2020 release.

The synopsis for the short written by Isle Of Dogs producer Andrea Fellers, says: “A lonely postman (Gilbert, played by James) secretly recreates postcards for a woman (Aurore) on his postal route when her boyfriend’s homemade postcards stop arriving from his travels around the world.

‘With the help of his friend Mr. Rostalle, (Paul) a blind widower and retired literary professor/poet, Gilbert learns to open himself up to the prospect of love, and in the process of trying to bring someone else happiness, discovers it for himself.”

Shameless actor Paul Dooley will also feature, while Dexter actress Nicole LaLiberte and Lethal Weapon’s Andrew Creer are both rumoured to have been cast.

Meanwhile a Friends musical is coming to the UK this summer to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary

Friendsical, written by Miranda Larson, is a ‘loving-parody’ based on the lives of Joey, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Ross, and will kick off just like the pilot.

‘When Ross’ wife leaves him for another woman,’ teases the synopsis, ‘he fears he will never find love again.’

‘But then Rachel runs back into his life… will he end up with his one true love?’

Joey and the gang take on naked Thursdays, a power cut, and a dinosaur convention and there’ll be original songs such as ‘(He’s her) Lobster!’, ‘Richard’s Moustache’ and ‘You’re Over Me? When Were You Under Me?

The musical will kick-off in July, followed by a full season at the Edinburgh Fringe in August. Friendsical UK Tour will then play a host of UK venues including Newcastle, Blackpool and Croydon.

To book tickets for Friendsical, click here.

Images via NBC

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