Thursday 17 January 2019

Top Gear's back tonight with Matt LeBlanc and his sidekicks in the driving seat

Chris Harris, Matt LeBlanc and Rory Reid (Philip Toscano/PA)
Chris Harris, Matt LeBlanc and Rory Reid (Philip Toscano/PA)

Matt LeBlanc isn't showing his real self on 'Top Gear'.

The former 'Friends' star is returning as co-host of the motoring show for the third series, but he insists he isn't really a presenter, just an actor playing a part.

He told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "I'm not a host. I'm an actor playing the part of a presenter. Is it really me you see on 'Top Gear'? Probably not. It's the 'me' that suits the film we're making."

But the 50-year-old actor is having a great time working with Rory Reid and Chris Harris and has no plans to move onto other things any time soon.

He added: "I'm not looking for other projects. Spielberg's not calling, let's be honest!"

Though the trio are show is still compared to previous hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May - who now form Amazon's 'The Grand Tour' - Matt insists he only ever hears positive comments from viewers.

Former Friends star LeBlanc, 50, has said he wants the show to appeal “not just to petrolheads”, but to “the whole family”.

While Harris, 43, has told fans that “the chemistry” between the trio is “stronger” this time around.

Meanwhile, Le Blanc said: "The reception for our show's been pretty good. People who don't like it, are they gonna come to my face and say it sucks? They might shout that from across the street, but I'm kinda deaf!"

The new series of the programme sees the host hunt for Big Foot in the woods of California and it was Matt's favourite escapade on the show to date.

He said: "That was my favourite adventure.

"You take two guys - one believer and one sceptic - and send them to find Big Foot.

"It lends itself to a fun idea for a film. I push through the jokes. That's my thing. Chris is all about the stats, and Rory is sort of in the middle, so you get a good balance."

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