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David Schwimmer reveals he worked as a roller skater, Xerox salesman and clown before ‘Friends’

By PhilSTAR L!fe Published Jun 21, 2021 3:11 pm

Actor David Schwimmer, who has been in news for the widely loved Friends reunion show, recently revealed about his ‘crappy summer jobs,’ before he landed the role of Ross Geller on the popular sitcom series.

According to Fox News, while speaking to a media outlet Schwimmer revealed that before he made it big on Friends, he worked on wheels for seven long years.

He said, “I was a roller-skating waiter in Chicago for seven years. You make your real money by doing stunts. Everyone gets their burgers and fries, then you say: ‘Hey, you want me to jump over your kids for five bucks?’ They’d have their kids lie on the ground and I’d just jump over them at 30 mph.”

By then Schwimmer was used to hard work as he’d been hardened by a series of “really crappy summer jobs.” He recalled, “I worked at this place called Steve’s Ice-Cream where you had to mix in all the candy or cookie crumbs by hand on this big marble slab for three bucks an hour.”

Friends originally aired for 10 seasons on NBC from 1994 to 2004.

Speaking about his job at the age of 16, Schwimmer added, “I worked at this copy machine place. I had to pretend to be some guy from Xerox. I’d phone up customers and say: ‘I see you have a Xerox 2-2500. Looks like you’re running out of toner.’ Some innocent secretary would say: ‘I don’t think we are?’ and I’d say: ‘I think you are, let me send you a couple of boxes.’ It wasn’t exactly legal. I turned up one day and the whole place had been raided.”

While he made the world fall in love with him on Friends’ Schwimmer almost didn’t become an actor at all.

He said that as a child, “I wanted to be a surgeon. I was fascinated by the human body: I knew everything about the lymphatic, vascular and skeletal systems. I was a big science geek, but I found that I could talk to more girls in acting class than in the science lab. So that kind of derailed my medical career.”

Friends the Reunion with David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow.

Another fun fact Schwimmer divulged was that while attending a summer program at Oxford, he opted to take a clown course, saying “It just spoke to me. So, I went to clown school, too.”

Friends: The Reunion, which premiered on May 27, was filmed on the sitcom’s original soundstage in Burbank, California, as per People magazine. This was the first time the original core six stars of the show shared the frame together after its finale 17 years back.

Friends originally aired for 10 seasons on NBC from 1994 to 2004. The beloved sitcom followed the story of six friends in their 20s and 30s who live in Manhattan, New York City. (ANI)