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Monkey Who Played Marcel In Friends Is Returning In New Series

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Monkey Who Played Marcel In Friends Is Returning In New Series

While New York City-based sitcom Friends spawned the Hollywood careers of its six-strong ensemble cast, we all know the performances from Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer were nothing compared to that of the show's other standout star: Marcel.

Marcel was Ross' pet white-headed capuchin monkey, who was first introduced in season one episode 'The One With The Monkey'.

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Well, it turns out Marcel is not only alive and well, but is also actually a female monkey called Katie - who is set to star in the new FX adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan's graphic novel Y: The Last Man.

According to AV Club, FX CEO John Landgraf - who was also an NBC head back in the Friends days - had been watching footage of the new series when he spotted a familiar face... Specifically, a familiar furry face.

"I recognise Jennifer Aniston, I recognise Courteney Cox and I recognise that monkey!" Landgraf apparently said at the FX party during the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

"There's nothing like a really experienced actor who knows how to hit their marks!"

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According to Katie's IMDb listing, her only other acting credits since Friends are one episode of The Loop, one episode of American sitcom 30 Rock and the role of 'Monkey' in Nickelodeon series Sam & Cat.

FX's synopsis of Y: The Last Man offers: "Y traverses a post-apocalyptic world in which a cataclysmic event has decimated every male mammal save for one lone human. The new world order of women will explore gender, race, class, and survival."

Katie in Friends. Credit: NBC
Katie in Friends. Credit: NBC
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It will see Katie star as the last remaining man's primate companion called Ampersand, the only other male mammal to have survived the plague.

Not bad going for a monkey who's now in her late 20s, according to The Hollywood Reporter - especially as she was once snubbed by on-screen pal David Schwimmer.

Back in 1995, Entertainment Weekly reported that Schwimmer had said 'I hate the monkey' while sitting in his Friends dressing room backstage.

"I wish it were dead," he added, explaining that the trainers wouldn't let him bond with it.

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Speaking to Jimmey Kimmel earlier this year, Schwimmer's co-star Matt LeBlanc also discussed the frosty relationship between Ross and Marcel's real-life counterparts.

"I liked the monkey!" he said.

"Schwimmer... Not so much. He's the one that had to work with it the most, so he was like, 'Again with the monkey?' But I got along great with it."

Featured Image Credit: NBC

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Friends

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