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Exclusive: Matt LeBlanc: 'Friends movie, reunion is a bad idea'

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Matt LeBlanc has told Digital Spy that he would be against having a Friends TV reunion or a movie adaptation of the classic NBC show.

The actor, who played Joey Tribbiani in the '90s sitcom, said that he hadn't heard of any plans to get the cast back together and suggested that it would be wrong to try to recreate the series on the big screen.

The cast of Friends

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A delighted Matt LeBlanc, who was recognised for his role in Episodes

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The David Crane and Marta Kauffman series, which aired between 1994 and 2004, has constantly been the source of reunion speculation rumors since it ended eight years ago. However, it now appears unlikely LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox will ever reunite for another series or film.

"Yeah, that's probably won't happen. There's no plans for anything like that. Everyone seems to be talking about that these days, but nope, no irons in the fire there," LeBlanc told Digital Spy.

When asked whether he thought a reunion was a "bad idea", he added: "Personally I do. I think that show was all about a finite amount of time in six people's lives. They were out of college, but they hadn't settled down with their lives yet.

"Once they have moved on from that phase, that family unit has broken down a little bit. I'm sure they'd keep in touch a bit, but it wouldn't be the same."

On the subject of a Friends movie, he added: "I think it's a bit of a case of 'the book is better than the movie'. Do you know what I mean?

"Everyone identifies with those characters in their own way and everyone in their own mind imagines what has become of those characters. I just think it's best to leave it at that."

'Episodes' season 2 poster

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LeBlanc has been in the UK promoting the second season of his new BBC Two/Showtime comedy Episodes, which features the actor playing a fake 'Matt LeBlanc' caricature.

The show is LeBlanc's first TV project since his Friends spinoff Joey ended in 2006, but the actor joked that he wasn't the case that he'd reached where he could "pick and choose" his acting work.

"I don't know about pick and choose. I don't think I'm in a position professionally where I can do anything I want. It's not like its between me and Tom Cruise for the parts," he said.

Episodes returns to BBC Two on Friday, May 11 at 10pm on BBC Two. Season two will premiere in the US on July 1 on Showtime.

Watch a clip from series one of Episodes below:

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