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Most Friends fans have given up on a movie after eight years, but to those still hoping, Matt LeBlanc has some bad news.

Speaking to EW about his new show Episodes, LeBlanc touches on that constant presence in his life, the idea of a Friends reunion movie. And he doesn’t think it’d be a good idea:

That show was about a finite period of time, before you got married and went off to start your life with a family. It was that magical time that everyone can relate to. To see what we’re all doing now… It’s almost like the book is better than the movie. I don’t want to see old Joey. I don’t want to see Chandler and Monica with their kids that are [raising a hand a few feet off the ground] this big now. I’d rather imagine that. Everyone’s going to have different vision of what those characters are like, so to have that materialize is going to disappoint most people. A couple of people will go, ‘That’s what I thought!’ but for the most part it’s going to let people down. It’s better to let them just think.

He also speaks about the short-lived spinoff Joey, and why it didn’t work:

I had a ton of faith in the writers and I still do. I think we just went in the wrong direction, and I was right there with them. [We] didn’t take advantage of Joey being in California and looked at stories that were more about ‘I miss things, I’m afraid of the new,’ instead of embracing the new. [But] I think it holds up fine… If that was a stand-alone show, we’d probably still be on the air. It didn’t matter who wrote that show or what we wrote about. It was doomed to fail because there were five people missing.

Are you upset that the Friends movie seems unlikely to happen, or does LeBlanc raise a good point?

Update: Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman finally gave a definite answer! It’s never happening.

  • http://mrsreidstartedposting.tumblr.com/ Loony

    I’d love to have a movie but, yeah, maybe he does have a point. But I think the fandom would love it, either way.

  • Judah

    I completely agree with him and I’m glad he thinks this way. There are too many people who get all caught up with popularity and money and end up making sequels  or movies to things that are already on top. It would be better to leave the series on good terms and not have a movie that can only be disappointing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17127641 Laura Jurgensmeyer

    Friends is my favorite tv show ever, and I’d love to see a movie. However, I won’t be disappointed if it never happens because we got ten amazing seasons and we got closure with everything. 

  • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

    Remember the Growing Pains reunion movie? Oh that was terrible, and I feel like this would just be the same. 

  • PattiEFink
  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4P37OIFRKDSXVAF34ZSTBSNFLE Paul

    A short reunion season would be better

  • Tyler

    As much as the idea of a movie or season with them all older, I dont want it. I might like to see a movie that has all six of them in it, but they dont play the friends

  • goldensnidget

    I think the writers certainly have the capability to make a genuinely good film, but the expectations, preconceptions and hype around it would undoubtedly doom it to failure. It’s no one’s fault, but there’s no way they could make everyone happy.

  • http://twitter.com/missxdelaney Jemma

    Matt is wise. :)

  • Granger Danger!

    I think Leblanc is right about a movie, the expectations would be too high. However as a huge fan, I’d love to see a reunion season; even if it’s only like 2 episodes I would love it.

  • Jay

    I think it could work.  Take Sex and the City, for example.  The first movie was good, in my opinion.  It was basically a longer-than-normal episode (the sequel, I could’ve done without).  I think if the story is okay, and all the actors are on board, then yes, it could work, and I’d love to see it.  But I won’t be disappointed if one never happened, either.  I agree with him that the finale left them all in a good place.

  • Me

    He might be right but dear God, would I love a movie.

  • http://twitter.com/Scott_Learmonth Scott Learmonth

    I think a double length special at christmas or thanksgiving should be considered

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=690341156 Andrew Davies-Land

    Being a huge friends fan, I can definatly say i agree with him that a movie would totally destroy & ruin everything. But a feature length TV special could work

  • http://twitter.com/Hogwartsherms Felicia Grogan

    I definitely agree with LeBlanc… we all loved that show and the characters far too much for them to add new plot lines at this point. I want to continue to be nostalgic about Friends. 

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