Tuesday 26 September 2017

Another Hollywood star was almost cast as Joey Tribbiani in Friends

Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani in Friends
Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani in Friends
Bromance: Joey and Chandler

It's hard to imagine anyone other than Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani in Friends.

LeBlanc perfectly captured the loyal, sandwich-loving, struggling actor and all his quirks and it's impossible to imagine it any other way.

But we recently discovered, much to our horror, that LeBlanc almost didn't get the part.

Another actor, now a big name star, auditioned for the role of Chandler's best friend, roommate and dependant way back in the day.

According to Esquire, the casting directors had briefly considered Vince Vaugan for the NCB sitcom.

Casting director Ellie Janner told the magazine that she remembers Vaughn as "tall, handsome and a good actor" but ultimately she didn't think he was right for the role.

Actor Vince Vaughn attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actor Vince Vaughn attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Vaughan went on to enjoy a successful movie career with roles in Swingers, Wedding Crashers, The Break-Up and Old School and a 'less said about it the better' appearance in HBO drama True Detective.

Bromance: Joey and Chandler
Bromance: Joey and Chandler

Read more: Was the True Detective finale one of the biggest TV letdowns ever?

And LeBlanc went on to present Top Gear but will always and forever be known as Joey Tribbiani, no matter what gig he lines up next.

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