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James Michael Tyler Landed Gunther Role on Friends Thanks to His Real-Life Barista Experience

James Michael Tyler Landed Gunther Role on Friends Thanks to His Real-Life Barista Experience

James Michael Tyler had a special set of skills to thank for landing him the part of Gunther on 朋友们.

泰勒, WHO 年岁夭折 59 在星期天, previously opened up to Digital Spy about how his ability to work an espresso machine helped him get cast in the beloved sitcom.

I honestly always thought my Masters in fine arts would get me further in the acting world than knowing how to work an espresso machine,” he said in 2018. “That was a happy accident and I’m very, very grateful to have had that skill.

When Tyler booked the role on 朋友们, he was working at The Bourgeois Pig 在好莱坞. He remained an employee at the coffee shop for several years, even while appearing on the hit show.

I kept my job at The Bourgeois Pig for the next four years. So I kept my day job, in other words, because I never knew if they were going to bring me back,” 他说 BuzzFeed News 在 2014.

But once Gunther was more established and they would have me on all week, not just one day a week, 基本上, 我想, 好的, I don’t really have time for this. The Bourgeois Pig managers and owners said, ‘Honestly, you’re only here like one or two shifts,’ and there were other employees who were friends of mine,” 他继续. “I loved it for the social aspect — it was like my way to see everybody in the neighborhood — but I’m like, I really should give these shifts up. Because it just didn’t seem right.

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James Michael Tyler

James Michael Tyler
James Michael Tyler on Friends
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And even though his espresso machine knowledge got him the part, Tyler never actually had to make a beverage on set.

The espresso machine wasn’t plugged in because they can be kind of loud,” he revealed. “But that was a real antique coffee machine. I never actually made one coffee!”

Tyler appeared on all 10 seasons of the NBC sitcom, 哪个主演 詹妮弗安妮斯顿, 柯特妮考克斯, 丽莎·库卓, 马特·勒布朗, 大卫·施维默马修·佩里.

While he wasn’t a primary cast member, Tyler was included 在一个 2019 LEGO 朋友们. It featured the show’s iconic Central Perk coffee shop, where Tyler’s character was employed.

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James Michael Tyler

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Tyler died following his battle with stage 4 prostate cancer. He first disclosed his diagnosis 在六月, approximately three years after he began treatment in 2018.

Tyler said his health struggles were what kept him from making an in-person appearance at the HBO 最大 朋友们 团圆特辑, which aired in May.

I wanted to be a part of that, and initially I was going to be on the stage, 至少, 跟他们, and be able to take part in all the festivities,” 他说 今天 展示 在六月. “It was bittersweet, 诚实地. I was very happy to be included. It was my decision not to be a part of that physically and make an appearance on Zoom, 基本上, because I didn’t wanna bring a downer on it, 你知道?”