We were never friends, I have no personal insights, but I can fairly say I saw how he behaved in small informal groups of friends, and it wasn't like Bob Harris, his character in the movie. Yes, dryness and understatement come naturally to him.
He allows the film to be as great as Coppola dreamed of it, in the way she intended, and few directors are so fortunate.
It featured six main cast members: Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), Joey Tribbiani (Matt Le Blanc), Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry), Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) and Monica Geller (Courteney Cox).
Rachel moves into Monica's apartment and meets Phoebe Buffay, and Joey Tribbiani.
Rachel already knows Ross Geller, Monica's brother, as all three went to the same high school and also Chandler Bing as he was Ross's college buddy.
Rachel's first job is as a waitress at Central Perk coffee house.
Somehow, the man of this sign can be a feminist and a chauvinist in one.
Even if his physical taste in women can veer toward the stripper pole, he needs someone who can hold court in an intelligent conversation.