On-screen, Joey and Chandler were best pals, but it seems off-screen, that wasn’t exactly the case for Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry…
The latest revelation to come from Friends is a shocking one.
And it comes courtesy of Matt LeBlanc’s dad.
Well, for those who don’t know, LeBlanc is an American actor, comedian and TV host, born in 1967.
But received international recognition thanks to the 1994 sitcom, Friends.
Joey was a slightly dumb but kind-hearted failing actor and successful womanizer.
Friends was hugely successful.
Here’s LeBlanc posing with his 5 co-stars. From left to right we have David Schwimmer, who played Ross Geller, Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay, Matthew Perry, who played Chandler Bing, Courtney Cox, who played Monica Geller, and Jennifer Aniston, who played Rachel Green.
Friends ran from 1994 to 2004, spanning ten seasons and a whopping 236 episodes.
That’s a whole lot of Joey!
After Friends ended, LeBlanc couldn’t quite let Joey go.
He went on to do a Friends spin-off, called Joey. The show did not follow in the success of its parent show, however, and was canceled in 2006 due to poor ratings.
Over 2 deacdes after its first broadcast, Friends has retained its popularity.
It seems to air almost constantly on one cable channel or another and was recently kept on Netflix with a cool $1 million payment.
In spite of his somewhat problematic behavior, Joey remains firmly a fan favorite – likely because of his charmingly relatable ditziness and extreme, heartwarming loyalty.
But that has led to one potential downside for LeBlanc. People will always remember him as looking like this thirty-something hottie.
LeBlanc is now fifty-three, and although he still looks fantastic, he doesn’t look exactly like the Joey we all collectively remember.
Joey has a full head of glossy, brunette hair, and a smooth, wrinkle-free complexion, while LeBlanc is giving us more of a silver fox vibe.
Thanks to its appearance on Netflix.
He laughed, “I was walking down the street one day, this was a few years ago, this kid, he must have been 13, 14, he’s like, ‘Oh my God, you’re Joey’s dad!'”
If you think about it, the story kind of checks out.
If you think of Joey as a perennial thirty-something bachelor, you could be forgiven for not quite recognising the silver-fox version.
It’s never nice to hear about the fact of your aging – especially when it’s so extreme you’re told you look like your own parent!
But this week, there’s been a whole new revelation about Friends.
And it’s one of the most shocking yet.
“Courteney and Lisa are like my big sisters, but Jen’s like my little sister. Matthew’s like my little brother, and David’s like my big brother. That’s how it all broke down. And it’s literally just like chronological,” he told People Magazine.
Despite LeBlanc saying in 2016 that the pair remain close, news has emerged stating that may not be the entire case.
Paul claims his son thought Perry was an “a**hole.”
“He wanted to pound on [Perry] a couple of times,” he claimed to Radar Online in an interview.
Including the fact that LeBlanc allegedly found David Schwimmer “kind of dry, a bit too serious.”
LeBlanc’s father said his son “always liked Lisa [Kudrow].”
Well, that’s a positive at least…
But they reconciled in later life, before becoming estranged again after Paul sold a story to a US magazine.
For more on the Friends cast, scroll on to find out why Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow say they struggle to remember the show…