It’s been 13 years since Friends went off the air, but there are still a few things that fans of the sitcom can’t leave in the past, like why certain things happened to their beloved characters.
One of the biggest unsolved mysteries for longtime fans is why the writers behind Friends decided to give Joey a broken arm back in season three. Now, Matt LeBlanc who played Joey for 10 seasons, has let everyone in on the true story behind the broken arm — which, as it turns out, wasn’t at all part of the plan for the series.
During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week, LeBlanc revealed that a behind-the-scenes stunt-gone-wrong in the episode “The One Where No One’s Ready” is the reason Joey (and LeBlanc himself) ended up wearing a cast for multiple episodes.
While talking about “The One Where No One’s Ready,” the actor admitted that’s when “I ironically dislocated my shoulder.” LeBlanc explained that the injury took place because he was filming a scene in which Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Joey are fighting over the chair in Monica’s (Courteney Cox) apartment that ultimately ensues in a race between the two. Remember when Joey put on all of Chandler’s closes and said, “Could I be wearing anymore clothes?” It’s that episode!
“I have to step over the coffee table and land in this big, comfortable chair. I don’t even think it qualifies as a stunt,” LeBlanc told the show’s host, Jimmy Kimmel. “And somehow, I ended up completely upside-down, and I was going to land on my hand between the table and the chair, so I put my arm up to break my fall, and just exploded my shoulder.”
While everyone in the audience assumed it was part the show, it definitely wasn’t and despite looking fine to the audience members, LeBlanc recalled that he went off into Monica’s room (which wasn’t an actual room!) and tried to deal with the pain.
“I go in there and kind of collapse against the wall,” he recalled. “I’m like, ‘what the heck,’ and I look up and Anthony Edwards from ER, they were at the next stage over, he just happened to be there watching the show and he comes in. And I’m like, ‘wow did I hit my head too, because I know you’re not a real doctor, get out of here!’”
Even though Joey wasn’t supposed to get hurt, the writers eventually gave Joey a sling for a few episodes, to cover LeBlanc’s on-set injury.
“They wrote it into the show as Joey was jumping on the bed. It was nuts,” he added.
Who knew that random sling was all because of a chair-jumping scene gone terribly wrong? It all makes so much more sense now!
(H/T Marie Claire)
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