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Friends Monkey Trainer Slams David Schwimmer Over His Comments About Marcel

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Friends Monkey Trainer Slams David Schwimmer Over His Comments About Marcel

The trainer in charge of Marcel during the animals' stint on Friends has slammed David Schwimmer for his comments about working with the monkeys.

The actor who played Ross Geller explained during the HBO reunion that Marcel was difficult to work with and had to be booted from the show because the cast were getting annoyed.

David said: "Here is my problem: The monkey, obviously, was trained. It had to hit its mark and do its thing right at the perfect time.

"What inevitably began to happen was we would all have choreographed bits kind of timed out, and it would get messed up, because the monkey didn't do its job right. So we would have to reset, we'd have to go again, because the monkey didn't get it right.


"It was time for Marcel to f**k off."

Credit: HBO
Credit: HBO

They say in show business you should never work with kids or animals and it's understandable to think the cast and crew had had enough with the monkey's antics on set.

However, the man who trained Marcel, which was actually two different female monkeys, has hit back against David and labeled his comments 'despicable'.


Handler Mike Morris didn't personally watch the reunion episode, however he was told about what the actor said and he's not happy.

Speaking to The Sun, Mr Morris explained how Marcel worked professionally with the likes of Jennifer Anniston and Matt LeBlanc and maybe it was David's problem and not the monkeys'.

He accused Mr Schwimmer of being the one to throw off everyone's timing and alluded to hints of jealousy being the reason why Marcel had to be kicked off the show.

Credit: NBC
Credit: NBC

"Schwimmer was fine with the monkeys for the first couple of episodes and happy to be there, but people would laugh at the monkey and I think he got jealous because it wasn't him getting the laughs," Mr Morrison said.

"He seemed to get a little bitter about them being there after that, and of course the monkeys didn't like working with him after he turned on them.

"It made it harder to do the work. A five-camera show is hard to work on with animals anyway so if you have an actor that's not very helpful, it makes it even worse.

"My colleague who also worked on the show says that people would laugh at the monkey and throw Schwimmer off. He's not the kind of actor who can improvise."


Mr Morrison claimed Marcel, who have an incredibly extensive acting career, managed to work just fine when she was brought onto Seinfeld.

Katie was one of the animals that played Marcel and is still in the industry, however the other died of cancer last year.

Mr Morris thought it wasn't nice to speak so terribly of them both, adding: "Schwimmer was talking ill of the dead when he made those comments. I find it despicable for him to still be speaking ill of her."

Featured Image Credit: HBO

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Celebrity, Friends

Stewart Perrie
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