Whether you watch Friends or not, you probably know who Joey Tribbiani is and that Matt LeBlanc plays him. LeBlanc kept playing Joey even after the long-running sitcom ended. He did this in the spin-off, Joey. But the actor didn’t enjoy this as much as it might seem.
When you play the same role for a long time, it can get tiring. Not just in the body but also in mind. And you might not know it right away because you’re too busy trying to please the people who have watched you for years and years.
LeBlanc and his co-stars on Friends had one of the highest TV salaries ever. So why did LeBlanc almost disappear when Joey was taken off the air?
Fans didn’t know that Matt LeBlanc wanted to leave for a while. Many people couldn’t understand why LeBlanc wasn’t getting any roles. In the end, he’s funny and an outstanding actor.
Why did Matt LeBlanc take an extended break after Joey?
In an interview with The Mirror that has just been found again, LeBlanc says he was tired of working and playing the same character for a whole year.
LeBlanc opens up:
“I hardly ever left the house for years and years.” I was exhausted. I didn’t have a plan or go anywhere.
After working hard for so long, you’ve earned a break. LeBlanc was also pretty sad, which was a shame. He kept saying that it was “a very dark time” for him and that he had almost had a nervous breakdown.
I considered that LeBlanc had been playing the same character for 12 years. I can’t think how hard it must have been for her to try to start over in a new role. At the same time, his marriage to Melissa McKnight ended, and his daughter Marina was diagnosed with cortical dysplasia, according to Cinemablend.
After Joey ended in 2006, LeBlanc didn’t show up on TV again until Web Therapy in 2013. Lovesick will come out in 2014. Episodes will run from 2011 to 2017, and Man with a Plan will run from 2016 to 2020.