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David Schwimmer on “Feed the Beast,” Moving Past “Friends”

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Frank Ockenfels/AMC(NEW YORK) — It’s a new day for David Schwimmer, who’s taking on the role of an alcoholic sommelier in AMC’s Feed the Beast. So just what attracted the Friends veteran to this new character?

“I fell in love with the show because of the tone,” Schwimmer told ABC News. “It was so unusual, this gritty drama, great dark humor, violent crime and cooking. And I thought, ‘Wow, this is something I’ve just never seen. I’ve never seen this before. And if we could pull it off that would be something else.’ I just thought it was a great character, a great world and a real challenge.”

Schwimmer explained that the “beast” in the show’s title is actually the restaurant.

“We are feeding this beast in every way. We’re trying to get it built,” Schwimmer said. “The whole first season is really this act of creation. We’re trying to launch this restaurant, bring it to life. And in a way it’s also a metaphor for my character Tommy’s journey that first season as well. Because he’s pretty much, when we find him, he’s pretty much in the land of the dead. He is barely functioning just trying to get his son off to school, clothed and fed but really grieving the loss of his wife.”

And just how does he live with something like Friends that just won’t ever seem to go away?

“It’s great,” Schwimmer said. “The fact that there’s a whole new generation now because of Netflix and the ability to stream all 10 seasons of the show, there’s a whole generation now of my buddy’s kids who are watching it and they go, ‘Oh my God have you seen this show Friends.’ It’s a blast.”

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