TOM Hanks was originally supposed to play Sandy on Friends NOT Freddie Prinze Jr.
The male nanny character appeared in series nine for the show’s 200th episode, with Sandy arriving to help Ross and Rachel care for their baby daughter, Emma.
However Ross, struggles with the ‘manny’, and while Sandy eventually helps him get in touch with his own emotions, he doesn’t end up staying with the family.
Friends was renowned for its stellar A-list cameos, but Freddie, 43, has revealed he wasn’t show bosses first choice to play Sandy.
He told Entertainment Weekly: “I wasn’t even supposed to be [Sandy], that was originally offered to Tom Hanks but he wasn’t gonna make it back from his film on time.
“And so my agent called me and said, ‘Do you want to be on Friends? And I said, ‘Yeah, I’ll do an episode of Friends. That’ll be great.’
He said, ‘Yeah, it shoots tomorrow.’ and I was like, ‘What?’ He said, ‘Yes, tomorrow so I’ll send you the script.’”
Freddie had to quickly learn his lines before arriving on set and meeting the cast, including David Schwimmer who played Ross and Jennifer Aniston, who played Rachel.
He recalled: “So I went in and I was totally nervous because it was on the day of shooting. I didn’t even get to do a read-through.
“And David Schwimmer walked into my dressing room and he was so cool and so passionate and he had so much energy.
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“He came into the room and was like, ‘You’re going to love this, man. It’s like a little two-act play and the crowd is so engaged, and so into it.
“You’ll have a ton of fun, don’t worry about a thing.”
In one scene, Sandy plays the recorder to help get Emma to sleep, meaning Freddie had to do a crash course in learning to play the instrument.
He said: “I had just learned for the last like four hours of my day there how to play ‘Greensleeves’ on the recorder because I’d never played it before.
“And [David] was like, ‘I heard you practicing, man. You’re going to crush the song,’
“I told him he shouldn’t have said that because it’s bad luck. But he was like, ‘No! You’re going to crush it.’”