Friends’ Matt Le Blanc reveals he ‘knocked chunk of meat off his nose’ in drunken fall hours before final Joey audition

MATT Le Blanc left his Friends co-stars recoiling in horror as he revealed he ‘knocked a chunk out of his nose’ hours before his final audition. 

The actor landed the role of a lifetime as Joey Tribbiani on the beloved sitcom, and during the reunion special spoke about how he almost didn’t get the part. 


Speaking to James Corden with the rest of the gang, he said: “I remember, I had gone in a bunch of times, I think it was on the final call back. 

“I had gone with a friend of mine to run lines and he said ‘so the show’s about friends and being friends with, you know, just a group of friends?’ I was like ‘yeah kinda’. 

“He goes, ‘then we should go out drinking’.” 

Turns out… it was a massive mistake, with the pair getting hugely drunk as a result. 


“To make a long story short,” he continued. “We woke up in the middle of the night at his apartment and had to go to the bathroom – and I got up too fast. 

“I can't believe I'm telling this, I kind of blacked out as you do, fell face first into the toilet and I hit my nose on the bottom of the toilet seat, and a huge chunk of meat came off my nose.” 

His co-stars, particularly Jennifer Aniston, looked mortified at his revelation. 

“I'm looking in the mirror, it’s bleeding, I was like ‘oh my god, I have to go into the big callback’ and it's like a big ugly scab on my nose.


“Marta Kauffman said, ‘What happened to your face?’ And I told the truth… and I got the job.”

Matt went on to become one of the biggest names in sitcom history, with Friends remaining a firm favourite to this day – despite being off the air for 16 years. 

But the team nearly went with another actor, Louis Mandylor, who in a full-circle moment, actually ended up appearing on the show too. 

In The One With Unagi, which came at the end of season six, Joey hires a fake twin in a bid to land $2000 at an audition. 

The man, named Carl, tried to integrate with the rest of the Friends with little success. 

Friends: The Reunion Special is available on NOW TV.

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