David Schwimmer on 'Friends' cast reunion: 'It was lovely to all be in the same room'

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David Schwimmer Says It Was 'Lovely' to Reunite with His 'Friends'


While the Friends cast reunion over the weekend didn't turn out to be what fans might have been hoping for, David Schwimmer said the experience was still wonderful.

"It was just lovely to all be in the same room," Schwimmer told ET at the premiere of FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story at the Westwood Village Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Schwimmer reunited with most of the Friends cast at a tribute event honoring legendary TV director James Burrows, who directed the pilot episode of the long-running NBC sitcom, as well as a number of other episodes over the first four seasons.

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"He is a prolific director and he really, really helped forge the cast as an ensemble," Schwimmer shared. "He really clarified all those relationships from the get go."

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FRIENDS -- Season 6 -- Pictured: (l-r) David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FRIENDS -- Season 10 -- Pictured: Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Dr. Ross Geller (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FRIENDS - 'The One With The Engagement Picture' -- Episode 5 -- Aired 11/2/2000 -- Pictured (l-r): Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing -- NBCU Photo Bank
This photo released by Warner Bros shows the cast of "Friends" from the final episode which wil air May 6, 2004 on NBC. It was taken in Burbank, Calif, Friday, Jan. 23, 2004. From left are Jennifer Aniston as Rachel, Matt LeBlanc as Joey, David Schwimmer as Ross, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe, Matthew Perry as Chandler and Courteney Cox Arquette as Monica. (AP Photo/Danny Feld, Warner Bros)
The cast of television's "Friends", from left: Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox Arquette, Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer appear during the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
The cast members of the television show "Friends" arrive at New York's Rockefeller Center for NBC's 75th Anniversary event Sunday May 5, 2002. From left: Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox Arquettte, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
FRIENDS -- Season 6 -- Pictured: (l-r) David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FRIENDS -- 'The One with the Fake Monica' Episode 21 -- Pictured: (l-r) Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Courteney Cox Arquette as Monica Geller (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FRIENDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Courteney Cox Arquette as Monica Geller, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani (Photo by Andrew Eccles/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FRIENDS -- 'The One After 'I Do' -- Episode 1 -- Aired 09/27/2001 -- Pictured: (l-r) Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller-Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green-- Photo by: Danny Feld/NBCU Photo Bank
FRIENDS -- 'The One With The Christmas In Tulsa' -- Episode 10 -- Aired 12/12/2002 -- Pictured: (l-r) Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Courteney Cox-Arquette as Monica Geller Bing, Lisa Kudrow Phoebe Buffay, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
FRIENDS -- 'The One Where the Stripper Cries' -- Episode 11 -- Aired 2/5/2004 -- Pictured: (l-r) Courteney Cox Arquette as Monica, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel, Matthew Perry as Chandler -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
FRIENDS -- 'The One With The Boob Job' -- Epsiode 16 -- Aired 2/20/2003 -- Pictured: (l-r) Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Courteney Cox-Arquette as Monica Geller Bing, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing -- Warner Bros. Photo
FRIENDS -- 'The One With Monica And Chandler's Wedding' -- Episode 24 -- Aired 5/17/2001 -- Pictured: (l-r) Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller-Bing, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green -- Photo by: Danny Feld/NBCU Photo Bank
FRIENDS -- 'The One With The Embryos' -- Episode 12 -- Aired 1/15/1998 -- Pictured: (l-r) Matt Le Blanc as Joey Tribbiani, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FRIENDS -- Season 2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FRIENDS -- 'The One with the Embryos' Episode 12 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing (Photo by J. Delvalle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FRIENDS -- 'The One That Could Have Been: Part 1, 2' Episode 15, 16 -- Pictured: (l-r) Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FRIENDS -- 'The One with the Embryos' Episode 12 -- Pictured: (l-r) Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Debra Jo Rupp as Alice Knight Buffay, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Giovanni Ribisi as Frank Buffay Jr., Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay (Photo by J. Delvalle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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The 49-year-old actor also revealed that it was one of Burrows' iconic sitcoms that actually sparked his passion for acting and his love of ensemble casts.

"For me, it was the cast of Taxi," Schwimmer said, referring to the classic 1970s ABC sitcom featuring the all-star cast of Judd Hirsch, Danny DeVito, Tony Danza, Christopher Lloyd, Andy Kaufman, Carol Kane and Rhea Perlman. "Something about that show really made me want to do this."

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With The People v. O.J. Simpson, Schwimmer is part of another star-studded cast, which includes John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr., Selma Blair and Sarah Paulson. In the true crime drama, Schwimmer plays famed defense attorney Robert Kardashian.

To get into character, he spent time with the late attorney's ex-wife, Kris Jenner, to help capture Robert's spirit.

"I wanted to get it right and luckily I was able to speak to Kris Jenner for some time," Schwimmer shared. "I really got to understand who he was as a father and as a husband. He was such a big devoted family man and he was a man of great humility and faith. That played a major role for me in playing him."

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Schwimmer also opened up about the O.J. Simpson murder trial's connection to his time on Friends.

"Ironically, we had just started filming the first season of Friends, so it was really a kind of bizarre experience for me to be suddenly have this exciting break as an actor and at the same time, still very much connected and plugged into what was happening in reality," the star recounted.

"I remember watching the trial," he added, "and on the set, occasionally we would all gather to watch."

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story premieres Feb. 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

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