Jennifer Aniston was the first star to sign on to live table read of Fast Times At Ridgemont High – Daily Mail

‘She was lovely’: Jennifer Aniston was the first star to sign on to live table read of Fast Times At Ridgemont High says Dane Cook… as Brad Pitt followed

Jennifer Aniston really got the ball rolling on this project.

Actor Dane Cook told Extra on Monday that the 51-year-old Friends veteran was the first star to sign on for the live table read of the 1982 comedy Fast Times At Ridgemont High.

‘I think Jennifer Aniston was lovely and the first person to say, “I’m in,” and then it just started to rocket after that,’ said the 48-year-old Employee Of The Month star.

Trailblazer: Jennifer Aniston really got the ball rolling on this project. Actor Dane Cook told Extra on Monday that the Friends veteran was the first star to sign on for the live table read of the 1982 comedy Fast Times At Ridgemont High. Seen in January

Trailblazer: Jennifer Aniston really got the ball rolling on this project. Actor Dane Cook told Extra on Monday that the Friends veteran was the first star to sign on for the live table read of the 1982 comedy Fast Times At Ridgemont High. Seen in January

Trailblazer: Jennifer Aniston really got the ball rolling on this project. Actor Dane Cook told Extra on Monday that the Friends veteran was the first star to sign on for the live table read of the 1982 comedy Fast Times At Ridgemont High. Seen in January

A fan: 'I think Jennifer Aniston was lovely and the first person to say, "I’m in," and then it just started to rocket after that,' said the 48-year-old Employee Of The Month star. Seen in 2017

A fan: 'I think Jennifer Aniston was lovely and the first person to say, "I’m in," and then it just started to rocket after that,' said the 48-year-old Employee Of The Month star. Seen in 2017

A fan: ‘I think Jennifer Aniston was lovely and the first person to say, “I’m in,” and then it just started to rocket after that,’ said the 48-year-old Employee Of The Month star. Seen in 2017

Jennifer’s ex Brad Pitt as well as Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Morgan Freeman, Shia LaBeouf, Matthew McConaughey, Jimmy Kimmel and Henry Golding are also involved.

Cook told Extra’s Billy Bush: ‘I wanted to do something that lightens the mood, can help people, and at the same time, I wanted to do something that felt celebratory, because we don’t have movies.’

The stand-up comedian then added: ‘We started making phone calls. I think Jennifer Aniston was lovely and the first person to say, “I’m in,” and then it just started to rocket after that.’

Did Jen ask him to do it? Jennifer's ex Brad Pitt as well as Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Morgan Freeman, Shia LaBeouf, Matthew McConaughey, Jimmy Kimmel and Henry Golding are also involved. Seen in January

Did Jen ask him to do it? Jennifer's ex Brad Pitt as well as Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Morgan Freeman, Shia LaBeouf, Matthew McConaughey, Jimmy Kimmel and Henry Golding are also involved. Seen in January

Did Jen ask him to do it? Jennifer’s ex Brad Pitt as well as Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Morgan Freeman, Shia LaBeouf, Matthew McConaughey, Jimmy Kimmel and Henry Golding are also involved. Seen in January

Rare: Brad famously made a guest appearance on Friends in 2001, but the couple have rarely worked together despite maintaining a friendship even after their divorce; shown in 2001

Rare: Brad famously made a guest appearance on Friends in 2001, but the couple have rarely worked together despite maintaining a friendship even after their divorce; shown in 2001

Rare: Brad famously made a guest appearance on Friends in 2001, but the couple have rarely worked together despite maintaining a friendship even after their divorce; shown in 2001

Dane said a lot more big named were coming forward.

‘You haven’t even heard all the names. In the next 24 hours, your mind is going to be blown!’ On Friday more stars will be announced. 

The live virtual table read Dane Cook Presents Feelin’ A-Live Fast Times at Ridgemont High will debut on Friday, August 21, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Facebook Live and TikTok via CORE’s official Facebook page and TikTok account. It will also stream via LiveXLive.

Details: The live virtual table read Dane Cook Presents Feelin’ A-Live Fast Times at Ridgemont High will debut on Friday, August 21, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Facebook Live and TikTok via CORE’s official Facebook page and TikTok account. It will also stream via LiveXLive

Details: The live virtual table read Dane Cook Presents Feelin’ A-Live Fast Times at Ridgemont High will debut on Friday, August 21, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Facebook Live and TikTok via CORE’s official Facebook page and TikTok account. It will also stream via LiveXLive

Details: The live virtual table read Dane Cook Presents Feelin’ A-Live Fast Times at Ridgemont High will debut on Friday, August 21, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Facebook Live and TikTok via CORE’s official Facebook page and TikTok account. It will also stream via LiveXLive

The live event will stream on the Facebook and TikTok accounts of Penn’s organization CORE on August 21 at 8 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. PST. 

Cook, who’s appearing in the read, will also present the reading.

‘On behalf of our dedicated team at CORE, I’m so appreciative of the support Dane has given and continues to give to our work,’ Penn wrote in a press release.

‘I’m always game for a giggle. So to gather remotely for a night of laughs with so many talented folks while providing CORE with much-needed resources to continue our vital work — then consider us fully onboard to play!’

Penn has stayed mum on which character he’ll play in the table read, though he has confirmed he won’t be reprising his star-making turn as Jeff Spicoli. 

All-stars: Eric Stoltz, Sean Penn and Anthony Edwards in Fast Times At Ridgemont High in 1982

All-stars: Eric Stoltz, Sean Penn and Anthony Edwards in Fast Times At Ridgemont High in 1982

All-stars: Eric Stoltz, Sean Penn and Anthony Edwards in Fast Times At Ridgemont High in 1982

No repeats: Penn hasn't said who he'll play, though he confirmed he won't reprise his role as Jeff Spicoli, which catapulted him to the A-list; still from Fast Times At Ridgemont High

No repeats: Penn hasn't said who he'll play, though he confirmed he won't reprise his role as Jeff Spicoli, which catapulted him to the A-list; still from Fast Times At Ridgemont High

No repeats: Penn hasn’t said who he’ll play, though he confirmed he won’t reprise his role as Jeff Spicoli, which catapulted him to the A-list; still from Fast Times At Ridgemont High

Though Pitt famously made a guest appearance on Friends in 2001, a year into his marriage with Aniston, the two have rarely worked together on screen or in film-related projects.

Following the end of the Tree Of Life actor’s engagement to Gwyneth Paltrow, Brad and the Friends star, 51, struck up a relationship in 1998.

The two tied the knot in Malibu in July 2000, but they announced plans to separate by early 2005, and he later remarried to Angelina Jolie.

Despite the circumstances, the former couple have maintained a friendship throughout the years, though it seemed to have strengthened recently.

Last year, Pitt made an unexpected appearance at Aniston’s 50th birthday celebration, where the two had a genial chat.

Aniston had invited him, and the two reportedly had a significant chat, though she cut it short to allow other guests to spend time with her. 

In January of this year, the two had another rendezvous at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where Pitt took home the trophy for Best Supporting Actor for his acclaimed role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

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His speech included a joke about playing a guy who ‘doesn’t get along with his wife,’ which got a big round of applause and some cheering from Aniston in the audience. 

When Aniston won her own award for her role in The Morning Show, her ex-husband paused backstage to watch her acceptance speech on a monitor, which she later called ‘sweet’ while speaking with ExtraTV

The two shared a sweet moment of congratulations later in the evening when they bumped into each other back stage.

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