Emas­cu­lat­ing scripts failed op­ti­mistic Joey

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY -

Leblanc (pic­tured) bat­tled with frus­tra­tion shoot­ing his Friends spin-off, Joey, be­cause he felt his lov­able char­ac­ter was ‘‘emas­cu­lated’’ in the show. The co­me­dian starred in Joey af­ter Friends went off the air in 2004, but the sit­com failed to win over view­ers and crit­ics and was can­celled af­ter just two sea­sons. Leblanc says he has no re­grets about join­ing Joey, but says the se­ries might have been more suc­cess­ful if the scripts had stayed true to his most fa­mous char­ac­ter. ‘‘I just think that we were telling sto­ries that emas­cu­lated the char­ac­ter. They wrote a guy who be­came very doubt­ful of him­self in this new place, in Hol­ly­wood, no friends, can’t meet girls – and that’s not who Joey was. He was al­ways, al­ways, al­ways, the con­sum­mate op­ti­mist.’’

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