His character on Friends was always known for his all-encompassing crush on Jennifer Aniston’s character Rachel – but actor James Michael Tyler has admitted to Gay Star News there might be another explanation for Gunther’s famous lack of luck with ladies.
‘That’s always been a theory [that he’s gay]’ the star told us over coffee at this year’s IPW in Orlando. ‘Maybe Gunther was a late bloomer as far as that goes!’
He continued: ‘That would be fine with me, but honestly I think Gunther was just inexperienced. No experience whatsoever in any manner with relationships – there was something in Gunther that kept him from being himself.’
Nevertheless, the star added that the ambiguity around Gunther’s sexuality was ‘absolutely’ deliberate, explaining: ‘It was something the writers never really touched on – they left it open-ended. Which I think was was purposeful. It made it work, it didn’t pigeonhole him.’
Above: Michael Tyler on the show with Jennifer Aniston
Michael Tyler was at the travel show to talk about the new, re-vamped Friends set tour at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, telling us: ‘The re-vamped tour is so much more detailed and educational now; the fans get to participate in the process. Does it take me straight back? Yes, it does.’
On a Friends reunion, he added: ‘My honest feeling is it ended on the right note at the right time. Would it be as interesting if they were still struggling in the 40s? It might be a bit depressing! I don’t think it would have the same value.’