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LeBlanc: Friends 'like Shakespeare'

Published 06/05/2015

Matt LeBlanc starred in the hit '90s show Friends
Matt LeBlanc starred in the hit '90s show Friends

Matt LeBlanc has compared the '90s sitcom Friends to the works of Shakespeare, because he believes its timeless themes have kept it alive for so long.

The 47-year-old actor made his name playing Joey Tribbiani in the hit NBC show from 1994 to 2004. It is still being shown on TV and fans are constantly asking when the cast will reunite for a follow-up.

LeBlanc said: "It's a great show, we never dealt with anything really topical or political, so it holds up.

"The themes we dealt with were sort of eternal like friendship and love and marriage and trust and betrayal - things that date back as far as, I don't know, Shakespeare. As far back as storytelling goes."

LeBlanc now stars as a fictional version of himself in Episodes, with Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig, written by Friends co-creator David Crane.

His Friends co-star David Schwimmer makes a cameo in the new series of the British comedy.

LeBlanc revealed: "There was an opportunity in the show this year where my character gets invited to a dictator's party in Karakahstan and originally in the script just another celebrity that I know was going to be in there, 'cause they didn't know who was going to be available.

"I think it was me that suggested David and they were all over it and I called him, he read it and he happened to be in London and he said 'great'. I think he was excited to be able to work with David Crane again so it was nice. It was a sweet thing."

Since the 20th anniversary of Friends last year, there have been rumours circulating that there is to be a reunion movie.

But LeBlanc said: "I don't think there'll be a movie. As far as little things here and there, we spend a lot of time together, so any time there's more than one of us in a room together there's going to be parallels drawn to the show.

"But as far as a reunion goes, I just don't think it's going to happen. I think we're all very flattered that people keep talking about it."

:: Episodes returns to BBC Two on Monday May 11.

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