Dermot Mulroney exclusive: ‘A Friends reunion would be amazing’

The actor on the role everyone asks about and what Robert De Niro is like on-set.

Before the kiss Mulroney on the set of Friends with Jennifer Aniston.

He’s currently staring as Robert De Niro’s son in Dirty Grandpa, but it’s his role in Friends and reunion talks that people constantly ask Dermot Mulroney about.

And the 52-year-old actor, who played Rachel’s co-worker Gavin Mitchell during series nine, wouldn’t be against the idea of a reunion.

“I would go back in a heartbeat,” he tells Loaded from his home in LA. “I haven’t heard much about a reunion with the main characters, but that could only be a good thing for them and for fans if it ever did happen.”

Mulroney’s character ruffled feathers between Ross (David Schwimmer) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) on the show when he kissed Rachel on the balcony of the Friends apartment.

Dermot Mulroney
Dirty da Mulroney plays Robert De Niro's son in Dirty Grandpa. Image Picture by Getty Images

More than a decade on, Mulroney still gets hounded about playing Mitchell more than any other role – even his lead in My Best Friend’s Wedding opposite Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz or playing alongside Meryl Streep in August: Osage County.

““My Friends role wasn’t even big,” he admits. “Yet I still get asked about it. It was so long ago, and I haven’t even seen myself in it since then. But it’s just amazing, because I get asked more about Friends, still, than anything else.

“It’s a show that just runs and runs and because it’s still getting shown so often, there’s both a loyal and new fanbase there.”

Friends aside, Mulroney feels his stint in Dirty Grandpa, playing Robert De Niro’s son and Zac Efron’s father David Kelly is another career highlight. The film is directed by Dan Mazer, Sacha Baron-Cohen’s co-scriptwriter on Ali G and Borat.

“By the time I read the script, I knew that I was going to be playing De Niro’s son and Efron’s father so I was in there from the start,” he says.

“During the film, David gets kidnapped, they draw cocks on my face and the whole thing goes to hell. I couldn’t believe my good fortune when Dan called me about the part.”

MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING, Dermot Mulroney, Julia Roberts, 1997.
MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING, Dermot Mulroney, Julia Roberts, 1997.

Dirty Grandpa marked the first time Mulroney had worked with De Niro and he was surprised to discover that De Niro is actually shy and quiet.

“He’s very self contained. On set, he is a force of nature and we all know that but when I would see him in between takes, he was a humble and quiet guy,” he admits.

“To see him then turn it on and play this outrageous character Dick was really quite something to watch.”

Although Dirty Grandpa has had mixed reviews, Mulroney holds a firm belief that if you don’t enjoy grossout humour, you simply shouldn’t watch it.

And he stresses there’s a place in Hollywood for all film genres.

“If you don’t like a movie where you see the most inappropriate, offensive and mind-blowing crap, then the movie is not for you,” he says.

“We all know that people love those kinds of movies that push the boundaries. And it really is one of those.”

Dirty Grandpa is out in UK Cinemas now.

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Loaded’s entertainment editor Jennifer O’Brien is an award-winning journalist who has written extensively about popular culture as a national newspaper columnist and author. Follow her on Twitter at @Jen_OBrien1

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