Cast member Matt LeBlanc of "Episodes" participates in a panel during Showtime networks' part of the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter 2014 presentations in Pasadena, California January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast member Matt LeBlanc of "Episodes" participates in a panel during Showtime networks' part of the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter 2014 presentations in Pasadena, California January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
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Thanks to his long, lucrative run on “Friends,” Newton-born Matt LeBlanc doesn’t have to work, but he enjoys playing a fictional version of himself for four months of the year on the Showtime comedy “Episodes.” The rest of the year he’s happy just being his real self. “I’ll tell you, four months a year of work for me is plenty,” he told reporters recently at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena. “You know, I’m a dad. I have a 10-year-old, and making her breakfast and taking her to school and getting her after school and helping her with her homework, that’s really fun. And we spend time together and take trips and do all kinds of stuff like that, so I feel really fortunate to be in a position where I don’t have to work.” Asked if it was more challenging to play Joey Tribbiani as a struggling actor or a version of himself as a successful one, LeBlanc said it was equally challenging. “For me, Joey will always have a special place in my heart. That was a really fun guy to play, the guy that was always, in my opinion, just incorrect. Not dumb. I just found him incorrect. But this is a guy who has achieved great success and that’s fleeting, and he’s trying to get that back, and that struggle is interesting in and of itself as well. “ “Episodes,” currently in its third season, airs Sunday nights on Showtime.

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