Matt LeBlanc talks ‘Episodes’ and ‘Friends’

LeBlanc heads to Showtime for his own series.

Fred Topelby Fred Topel

Matt LeBlanc talks 'Episodes' and 'Friends'

The return of Matt LeBlanc to television was a big deal for the Television Critics Association. After a panel on the Showtime series Episodes, the press swarmed LeBlanc for some fresh quotes. I got a few Fred questions in. LeBlanc plays himself on the inside Hollywood comedy, but a vulgar, dirty, A-hole version of himself.


CraveOnline: Do you enjoy working blue, like doing blow job jokes and swearing on Showtime? 

Matt LeBlanc: You know, when we were doing Friends, there were a lot of times, my character in particular was squelched, censored things during rehearsals that would come up. Here I find myself making up for lost time, pitching maybe more swears than what they’ll let me say.


CraveOnline: I thought Joey was hilarious by the way. 

Matt LeBlanc: I did too.


CraveOnline: Do you hear that enough? 

Matt LeBlanc: I don’t, thank you. It was a lot of fun. I thought we had a good cast and it was really fun. Just I think the direction of the show, in my opinion what ended up happening was he was a little bit more of an emasculated version of the Joey that was on Friends. He was a little more down. Joey was always the glass is half full, no matter what the situation is, never really depressed. I think the show kind of got away from that and it became less fun.


CraveOnline: Will we ever see those last episodes that never aired? 

Matt LeBlanc: I don’t know. You’ll have to ask Warners that one.


CraveOnline: When Friends is on TV, do you ever see one and go, “I don’t remember that one.”? 

Matt LeBlanc: Once in a while, yeah. It seems like one long episode.