- Marcel’s coach, Mike Morris, speaks in defense of the monkeys for the first time.
- Marcel the monkey appeared in eight episodes of the first season of “Friends.”
- Schwimmer said of the special reunion: “It’s time for Marcel to … to, f — off.”
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Coach Marcel the monkey, who stars in “Friends,” called Ross Geller actor David Schwimmer “jealous” and “despicable” in an interview with The Sun.
Marcel the monkey appeared in eight episodes of the hit series’ first season as the pet of Schwimmer’s Ross before being removed from the show. The primate is actually played by two Capuchin monkeys, Katie and Monkey.
In a recent episode of HBO’s “Friends: The Reunion” special, Schwimmer complained that Marcel missed the mark multiple times, making him difficult to work with.
He explained: “What definitely starts to happen is we’re all going to have a bit of a timed-out choreography, and it’s going to get messy because the monkey isn’t doing its job properly.
“So we had to reset, we had to do it again because the monkey wasn’t doing it right.”
He also didn’t like the animal eating the food on his shoulder.
The 54-year-old actor said, “So the monkey would sit on my shoulder, pick up some maggots, break it in two – live maggots squirming, they eat it, and then it would just walk away (put its hand on me).
“It’s time for Marcel to… to, f—off.”
Marcel’s coach Mike Morris told The Sun in an interview published Monday that it was “despicable to” [Schwimmer] to keep talking bad about [Marcel]” when one of the Capuchins, Monkey, died last year.
“Schwimmer was fine with the monkeys for the first few episodes and was happy to be there,” Morris said. “But people would laugh at the monkey and I think he was jealous because he wasn’t laughing. He seemed a little annoyed that they were there after that.
“And of course the monkeys didn’t like working with him after he attacked them.”
He added: “My colleague who also worked on the show said that people would laugh at the monkeys and throw Schwimmer.
“He’s not the type of actor who can improvise.”
This isn’t the first time Schwimmer has spoken out against monkeys. In 1995, the “Friends” actor told Entertainment Weekly, “I hate that monkey. I wish he were dead.”
The monkey trainer told The Sun that he did not speak beforehand because he felt it was unprofessional to do so. He said, “But it’s kind of bad that he’s still talking about this monkey years after the show ended. It was a season over 25 years ago, it’s time to let it go.
“Looks like he still has a monkey on his back. Katie can’t speak for herself so that’s why I speak for her.”
The rest of the cast had no issues with Marcel but Courtney Cox, who plays Monica, admitted at the reunion that the monkey had scared her. Meanwhile, Jennifer Aniston said she “loves” the monkey and Matt LeBlanc said on an episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” that she “gets on with him so well.”