It is hard to imagine anyone but the actual cast members stepping into any of the iconic starring roles on Friends, but Justin Theroux could have been dancing in that fountain with his future wife, Jennifer Aniston. That's right, in an interview with Mr. Porter's The Journal, Theroux revealed that he actually had an audition for Friends, but chose to sleep in, instead. That was probably a solid choice, as while the series is one of the most beloved of all time, it thrust its stars into the spotlight overnight. Still, although Theroux maintains that he doesn't regret his decision because he wasn't ready for the instant fame, it would have been so interesting to see what happened if Theroux had met Aniston much earlier than when they actually did.
What would have happened to the show and to the actors' potential relationship? Would they have got together way back when Friends first began in the '90s? Obviously there is no way to tell, but it very likely that had Theroux ended up in the cast, it would have changed things immensely in both his and Aniston's lives. After all, while Theroux is well known now for his roles in projects like Zoolander and The Leftovers, he would have been catapulted into superstardom almost immediately if he'd starred on Friends, quite like Aniston and the rest of the roommates were.
In the same thought, would Theroux and Aniston have ever got together at all if they starred together on such a hit television series? Co-stars tend to stay away from relationships because of the pressure that comes along with it, and a show as popular as Friends likely carried a whole other level of expectations. If Theroux and Aniston had started dating on Friends, they would have been together since the mid-'90s, most likely,, which would mean their relationship would probably be in a whole different phase than it is currently, and they would have completely different romantic pasts. In other words, there could have been no Brad and Jen at all, since Pitt wouldn't have been in the picture. How bananas is that to consider?
But maybe Theroux wouldn't have starred on Friends, just played a small part. In the interview, he doesn't mention which role in particular he was supposed to be auditioning for that day. Still, it is hard not to speculate about which character he would've made sense for. Theroux as a Chandler, Ross or Joey doesn't quite fit, but it would have been hilarious if he ended up being a fringe character like Gunther at the coffee shop. If that was the case, the actor would have had to pretend to be in love with Aniston, which probably wouldn't have been a stretch considering where their relationship has led them to today.
It is always fun to consider different actors playing such iconic roles, and the idea of Theroux and Aniston meeting each other so much earlier in their lives and careers is really something. But considering that currently, they are happily married, it looks like everything worked out exactly how it should have.