Not Only Matthew Perry but Also Matt Leblanc Found It Hard to Watch Himself in ‘Friends’, but for a Totally Different Reason

Published 08/30/2023, 11:19 AM EDT

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How exemplary it is that a show that ended 19 years back is still the comfort show for uncountable fans. We are talking about none other than the ’90s classic sitcom, Friends. Even though the show ended in 2004, fans still revisit the series to find warmth and peace. While the show is a gigantic hit, Matthew Perry admitted never watching the show. However, his co-star, Matt LeBlanc, also once talked about how he found it difficult to watch himself in the sitcom.

Matt Leblanc portrayed the fan-favorite character of Joey Tribbiani. Joey is an aspiring actor who has Chandler Bing, played by Matthew Perry, as his best friend. While Perry has a reason for not seeing himself on the screen, LeBlanc also once opened up about his difficulty in revisiting the show.

Why did Matt LeBlanc find it hard to rewatch Friends?

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The remarkable sitcom is home for fans because they believe no matter what, this group of friends will always be there for them. However, the 56-year-old actor could not rewatch it. When the Man with a Plan star appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in 2019, he talked about his feelings for his character. While celebrating the sitcom’s return on Netflix, LeBlanc revealed he had been having a hard time watching the show those days. The reason was, “It makes me feel like I’m 100 years old,” as the American actor admitted.

When the Episodes actor appeared on The Tonight Show, Friends had already completed 15 years of its end. Since then, LeBlanc has achieved a lot and has grown as well. However, remembering those days, he revealed they really had fun making the show. Well, as much as the actors had fun making it, fans are having more fun watching it again and again.

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After Friends ended, LeBlanc also got a spin-off series called Joey. The aftermath of Joey Tribbiani’s life was the focus of the spin-off, something that upset his co-stars, as Perry had mentioned in his book. However, they all resolved their issues and remained close as before. But if LeBlanc had this hilarious issue watching the show, why did Matthew Perry never even watch it?

Matthew Perry never watched himself on the iconic sitcom

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Chandler Bing was and still is close to fans’ hearts. However, the actor who portrayed the memorable character openly admitted he had never watched the show, which made him one of the biggest stars. The only reason was he could tell which drug he was using with the changing appearance of his character on the big screen.

Matthew Perry has had a heart-wrenching struggle with his addiction and alcoholism. He talked about it in detail in his book, Friends, Lovers, and a Big Terrible Thing. Although the 17 Again actor has recovered from his addiction, he still cannot watch himself as Chandler Bing.

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While these two actors have different stories for not being able to watch the show, die-hard fans of the show can not stop watching it. Are you also one of them? What do you think about Matt Leblanc’s reason for not watching the show? Tell us in the comments below.

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Neha Chande

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Meet Neha Chande, an entertainment writer at Netflix Junkie, who has written more than 1100 articles. With a Master's degree in English Literature, Neha believes in unbiased journalism. Before delving into her passion for writing and cinema, she taught English and communication skills as a facilitator and lecturer.

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