Matt LeBlanc plays Matt LeBlanc in his clever new Showtime comedy series "Episodes," premiering January 9, and the former "Friends" star tells ET just what it's like to play himself!
"It was a little strange, because some of the things that [the Matt on the show] does are not so nice, but there's my name [out there, and I'm like,] 'Wait a minute, I wouldn't do that!'" Matt tells ET. "So it was a little bizarre, but all in all it was fun."
"Episodes" follows an English couple with a hit BBC program who are lured by a U.S. TV network president to recreate the show for American audiences. The BBC version stars a prestigious Shakespearean actor, played by Richard Griffiths, but the network president wants to cast Matt for the American version.
"They promise them the world, and one by one every promise is broken," explains Matt. "It's a really fun idea. There have been shows about a show before, but this one seems to have a fresh twist on it."
As for how true Matt's character is to the real Matt LeBlanc, he explains, "I play myself, Matt LeBlanc, but it's not really me. I guess the best way to describe it is [it's] the public's perception of a celebrity."
And with former co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow making appearances on Courteney Cox's "Cougar Town," can we expect similar "Friends" pop-ins on Matt's "Episodes"?
"It's not really come up in terms of the powers-that-be, so we'll see what the future holds," shrugs Matt.
Watch ET for more with Matt in "Episodes"!