The one where James Corden almost killed the “Friends” cast.
Fresh off hosting last month’s highly anticipated HBO Max “Friends” reunion, Corden offered his “Late Late Show” viewers a second reunion — which included a near-mishap during a “Carpool Karaoke”-type segment with the show’s cast.
The surprise 11-minute clip featured Corden driving in a golf cart around the Warner Bros. lot — which is where the legendary sitcom and reunion were both filmed — and corraling Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer along the way.
While tooling around, the cast members told Corden how the reunion had been a moving, emotional experience for them, with Aniston sharing especially tender moments with Kudrow and LeBlanc.
Corden then tried to lighten the mood, offering to do his signature “Carpool Karaoke” segment with the show’s now-iconic theme song, “I’ll Be There for You,” by The Rembrandts. “I’ve always wanted to do ‘Carpool Karaoke!’” exclaimed fan-girl Courteney Cox as the cast, with a little hesitancy and a few laughs, happily obliged and joined in for old time’s sake.
After the sing-along, Corden pulled up to the “Friends” soundstage entrance — but apparently neglected to set the parking brake on the golf cart, which went rolling in reverse as the cast was clamoring off. (Could he be any more careless?) After a brief moment of panic, the beloved cast deboarded unscathed and ventured to the Central Perk set as Corden whispered how he genuinely thought he was about to kill one of pop culture’s favorite groups of friends.
Safely inside, Corden continued the conversation, with LeBlanc offering how he was affected by returning to the set with his old buds.
“We’ve had a lot of laughs. Some of it made it on camera, but the funniest stuff that happened between us, that never made it to TV, those are the memories we keep talking about,” he said, looking to his costars for agreement. “Remember when this happened. Remember when that happened. America, or the whole world, never saw some of that stuff.”
Corden also delved into a game of “The Best Friends Test,” prodding the cast to reveal unknown truths about their time on the show — including that Kudrow broke character the most, Aniston was basically a wardrobe shoe hoarder, and how both she and LeBlanc still watch reruns if they stumble on them on TV.
LeBlanc told Corden the reunion was “really, really awesome” and shared some love for his fellow cast members. Well, most of them, anyway.
“These five people right here mean the world to me,” he said, adding with a laugh, “Not Schwimmer so much.”