Bateman Dreamed Of Marrying Aniston

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August 22, 2010 | 8:50pm EST

Jason Bateman once dreamed of settling down with his The Switch co-star Jennifer Aniston when they first became friends years ago.

The actress first met Bateman before her hit sitcom Friends took off, when the former Arrested Development star appeared alongside a pal in a doomed TV comedy called Simon.

She recalls Bateman being funny and he dreamed of marrying Aniston – when his days as a Hollywood hellraiser were over.

He tells USA Today, “I was playing a lot more back then and she was very tolerant. She had herself together… She was pretty inspirational.

“She was the kind of person that I thought when I get myself together, I hope I find somebody who’s on it like she is.”

And he freely admits his wife Amanda Anka is very similar to Aniston: “She reminds me a lot of her.”