David Schwimmer was “jealous” of his monkey co-star Friends, as stated by the show’s trainer.
The 54-year-old actor, who played Ross Geller on the series, recently admitted that he hates sharing scenes in the first episode of the sitcom with his character’s mischievous pet Marcel, because the animal regularly spoils their footage.
And now Mike Morris, who trained two Capuchin monkeys, Cathy and the Monkey who played Marcel, fought back at the star and insisted that the actor resent the laughter the creatures received in their scenes.
He told The Sun US: “I just disagree with that, anyway, if we want to be truthful, he gave up time.”
“Schwimmer was fine with the monkeys for the first few episodes and was happy to be there.
“But people would laugh at the monkey, and I think he was jealous because he wasn’t laughing.”
TM Morris claimed that the actor was “a little upset” then because of the presence of monkeys there and did not rehearse scenes with them.
The trainer stated that David was “a little upset” about the monkeys on set and refused to rehearse with them.
He added: “It got to the point where he was really offended by the presence of the monkey, he clearly had problems with it, and he is still talking about it now.”
The monkey recently died of cancer, and Mike accused the actor of “speaking badly about the dead” when he made his comments.
He added: “I find it disgusting that he still speaks badly of her.”
During the Friends special reunion, the cast were asked if there was anything they didn’t like about the show, and David bluntly said, “Yes. A monkey”.
While co-star Jennifer Aniston insisted that she “liked” the creature, David insisted that there were good reasons for his unhappiness.
He said, “It’s because you didn’t need to touch him.
“I want to say that I love animals. I’m an animal lover, but here’s my problem …
“The monkey messed up the scenes, and when it didn’t do its job correctly, we had to repeat it over and over.
“The monkey missed the mark, I’m sorry.
“This is combined with the fact that the trainer gave the monkeys to eat live larvae. He ate them, and I had hands with a monkey grub on my face.
“The time has come … Marcel had to fuck!”
Courteney Cox also admitted that she is not a fan, like Matthew Perry.