A.J. Jacobs
April 19, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Why did Charlie Sheen get chosen for a guest spot on Friends? Were the producers swayed by the Hot Shots star’s impeccable comic timing? Maybe. But we suspect that Heidi Fleiss’ favorite client got the nod for a different reason. Sheen — who will appear on the May 9 episode playing a sailor — fits right into a bizarre and suspicious pattern of Friends guest stars. Consider this:

Julia Roberts: Played a prostitute in Pretty Woman.

Brooke Shields: Played a prostitute in Pretty Baby.

Marlo Thomas: Married to Phil Donahue, who has interviewed dozens of prostitutes.

Morgan Fairchild: Lives upstairs from a high-priced call girl in the ABC sudser The City.

Elliott Gould: Appears in johns, an upcoming movie about street hustlers.

Is that what friends are for? Or is it just a coincidence? NBC seems stunned either way. When reached for comment, an NBC spokesman replied, ”Oh, golly.”

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