He will forever be known as the twentysomething Italian American actor desperate to hit the big time. But while the re-runs of Friends will forever immortalise him as the youthful Joey Tribbiani, time has not been so kind to actor Matt Le Blanc.
He was snapped leaving a restaurant in Los Angeles last night with greying hair and looking overweight. Dressed down in a red lumberjack shirt, baggy jeans and trainers, he looked a little awkward when he faced the cameras as he left the sushi restaurant last night.
LeBlanc was only 27 when he started on Friends, which first aired in 1994, and he went on to play Joey Tribbiani for the next ten years. When the show finished after ten series in 2004, Matt starred in a spin-off called Joey, showing his character moving to LA to continue his acting career, but it was axed after two series.
Last September it was announced that the Friends cast could soon be reunited after they all agreed to make a film version of the show, following the success of the Sex And The City film at the box office.
Matt and Jennifer will join their former co-stars – Courteney Cox, 45, Lisa Kudrow, 46, Matthew Perry, 40, and David Schwimmer, 42 – as well as the show’s creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman to write and produce the film, due in cinemas in the summer of 2011.
James Michael Tyler, who played Central Perk coffee shop employee Gunther, said: ‘Friends: The Movie is definitely on. I still keep in touch with a lot of the cast and they say that they are really keen.’
But for the past four years, Matt has not been seen on screen since Joey, although he had minor parts in both Charlie’s Angels film while in Friends and lead roles in Lost In Space and All The Queen’s Men.
He was divorced from his model wife Melissa McKnight, with whom he has a six-year-old daughter Marina, in 2006 and is reportedly dating his Joey co-star Andrea Anders.
twentysomething – huszonvalahány
re-run – ismétlés
immortalise – halhatatlanná tesz
lumberjack – favágó
baggy – b?, buggyos
awkward – esetlen, ügyetlen
spin-off – mellék vállalkozás, hasznos melléktermék, mellékkövetkezmény
to be axed – befejez?dött, abbamaradt
Érdekességek a Jóbarátokról:
Courteney Cox was originally asked to play Rachel, but she asked to play Monica instead after reading the parts.
Jon Cryer was originally offered the role of Chandler Bing.
Emma was played by twins – Cali Sheldon and Noelle Sheldon.
In the last few months of shooting Friends, Courteney Cox became pregnant, but, seeing as Monica wasn’t supposed to be able to have a baby, they covered up her pregnancy by making her wear baggy clothes while shooting the show so no one could tell.
Gunther was not originally a speaking part.
Matt LeBlanc’s character ‘Joey Tribbiani’ plays Dr. Drake Ramoray in a fictional version of the NBC soap opera “Days of Our Lives” (1965). In real life, Jennifer Aniston’s father, John Aniston, plays ‘Victor Kiriakis’ on the real Days of Our Lives.
Out of the six friends, Chandler is the only one to not have any siblings. Rachel has two sisters, Monica and Ross are brother and sister, Phoebe has a twin and a half-brother, and Joey has seven sisters.
Whenever Tom Selleck made his initial on-set appearances, he received standing ovations. These would render his entrances unusable, prompting the need for later re-shoots without the audience.
The main characters from the show are named after “All My Children” (1970) characters. Ross for Ross Chandler, Joey for Joey Martin, Chandler for the Chandler family, Monica for Monique/Daisy Cortland, Rachel Greene for Janet Green, and Phoebe for Phoebe Tyler Wallingford.
Ranked #7 on Empire magazine’s 50 Greatest TV Shows Of All Time (2008).
Courteney Cox is actually older than David Schwimmer, though he plays her older brother on this show.