A tale I heard
Matthew Perry talking about why he initially wasn't allowed to take the role of Chandler Bing in the sitcom Friends:
"My business manager had called me – this was in 1994 – and this is what a terrible business manager he was, he called me one day and said: ‘Matthew, you’ve got no money.’ I was like: ‘How about a bit of warning?! I’ve got rent to pay!’ So, I called my agent and said: ‘You’ve gotta get me any job, any job you can.’ And this happened to be the year that Friends was shot, but I was off the market because I had taken a job on a pilot called LAX 2194 that was about baggage handlers at the LA airport… in the year 2194. I was wearing a futuristic shirt and little people played the aliens and I had to sort out the aliens’ luggage. That was basically the show.
So, then a script came out, at the time it was called Friends Like Us, and it was hilarious and great and there was a part that seemed perfect for me and it was making me so mad that I couldn’t go up for it because of the baggage handler show! I was losing my mind and then finally somebody at Fox said: ‘We’ve seen this, it’s the worst thing we’ve seen in our lives, he is available, you can hire him for your little show called Friends Like Us.’"