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.