Whenever you search about Ross Geller aka David Schwimmer on Google you get to see all the links about him being an asshole popping up. I don’t know why but Ross for me, has been one of the most mature lads in the entire cast of FRIENDS and also one of the most handsome men I’ve ever come across. But if hard luck had a face, it’d be Ross, since no matter how hard he tried to be a good lover, husband and a father, fate would always end it up in a ridiculous way, but how can you call it his fault?
“Friends” fans have pretty much many complaints against Ross, and no, this isn’t an argument for why he’s actually the show’s best character. This is an just a recognition and acknowledgement of an outstanding performance often ignored in favor of the character being portrayed; a look back on what might have been if fans (namely, Emmy voters) were able to look beyond their issues with an aggravated paleontologist and respect the performer who brought him to a weird, hilarious, and oh-so-frustrating life.
David Schwimmer was only nominated once, in 10 seasons of “Friends,” and a deserving nod for his turn in “The People vs. O.J. Simpson” doesn’t make up for years of being ignored and underrated. What really prompts the discussion now isn’t particularly about Schwimmer or Ross, or even the TV Academy generally ignoring “Friends” (it only won four Emmys in 10 years whereas Jim Parsons has won four by himself for “The Big Bang Theory.”): It’s actually the idea of characters winning awards meant for actors and the indifferent attitude against disliked characters at awards shows; the “thankless roles” whose performers often go without any honor or rather unawarded, when they’re exactly the people who demand more recognition.
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