Matt Le Blanc 'cool' with Episodes ridicule

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 May 2014


Former 'Friends' star Matt Le Blanc is "cool" with being ridiculed about his age and weight in his new show 'Episodes', according to Stephen Mangan

Matt Le Blanc is "cool" with being ridiculed on 'Episodes'.

The 'Former' friends star has been praised for being good-humoured about jibes about his weight and age on the comedy show, in which he plays an exaggerated version of himself.

Co-star Stephen Mangan exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "He is really cool. He's more cool in a way, [because] you think, how cool you have to be to deal with a show which holds you up to that much ridicule.

"Everyone knows it's not really him but at the same time, especially in this [new] series, [there's] a lot of jokes about him being too old, too fat and past it, and you've got to have a pretty good sense of humour about yourself. I can't think that there are many actors that would do that, so it really shows the good guy he is."

The first series of 'Episodes' centres on a hit British comedy being remade in the US, and Stephen, 41, feels the abundance of home-grown shows being remade around the world is a testament to the talent to come out of the UK.

He explained: "It just shows what talent we have in this country, generating ideas."

Meanwhile, the actor has dismissed the idea of a movie follow-up to 'Episodes', which also stars Tamsin Greig.

He added: "I don't think so. It is very hard, because spin-off movies with comedy shows very rarely work. I think it suits that half-hour format, but I don't mind an hour version of it."

'Episodes' airs Wednesdays at 10pm on BBC Two.

Stephen's new film 'Postman Pat' is out on May 23.

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