David Schwimmer on why he kept away from sitcoms after 10 years on Friends – and how Intelligence changed everything

DAVID Schwimmer has explained why he kept away from sitcoms after finishing the popular Friends.

And how after ten years the American actor has – finally – taken a leading role in Intelligence, a British show by comedian Nick Mohammed.

Intelligence sees David play a NSA agent assigned to act as the liaison to cyber crimes in the UK's Government Communications Headquarters.

Discussing his career path after Friends ended, David told Entertainment Weekly: "I guess the only conscious decision was after 10 years of doing Friends, I really wanted to focus on directing.

"I did that for a little while, and then, a couple of years ago, I started entertaining the idea of doing another comedy but the right scripts never really came along.

"I didn't feel there was a good enough idea or an exciting enough character that I wanted to play."


But that soon changed when Nick got in touch with David after the pair had previously taken part in an improvisation workshop together.

"Nick sent me this idea which seemed like a no brainer," explained David.

"The idea of working with him on camera, and really being able to play and improvise more together.

"In addition to this idea which was really original, a workplace comedy set in the high stakes world of cyber-terrorism and national security.

"Combined with this character who I thought was a blowhard and a really fun departure to play," added the 53-year-old.

And it was his obvious enthusiasm for the character which had him hooked on the new role.

The father-of-one went on: "I was excited about the idea of tapping into this phenomenon that I've witnessed, which is a kind of American who presumes America is the best at everything and anything.

"There's this presumption of excellence about America and the kind of ignorance that accompanies that. Many Americans have not been out of the United States. Many Americans don't own a passport.

"I liked the idea of playing a guy who just assumes and presumes his way is the best way."

The show debuted in the UK on Sky One earlier this year and is set to be available in the US on Peacock, NBCUniversal's upcoming streaming service.

Plans for a second season are already in the pipeline.

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