‘Modern Family’ Almost Starred ‘Friends’ Alum Matt LeBlanc

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Every actor on Modern Family seems to fit perfectly with their character, and we couldn’t imagine another star taking one of their spots. Surprisingly, that was almost the case with the lead character of Phil Dunphy.

Phil is a total goofball, and great father, and after eight seasons (going on nine) it’s obvious that Ty Burrell is the right fit for the inventive real estate agent. Despite the perfect casting, Burrell wasn’t the only actor in the running when the show was first pitched. In fact, the role almost went to was Friends alum Matt LeBlanc!

LeBlanc chatted with USA Today last week and explained that back in 2009, the Modern Family script “came across my desk with an offer to play Ty Burrell’s role.” This would have been a BIG change from the comedy we’ve come to love, but LeBlanc just wasn’t ready to dive back into TV yet.

“I remember reading it thinking, this is a really good script, (but) I’m not the guy for this. I’d be doing the project an injustice to take this,” LeBlanc admitted to USA Today. “I know what I can do, I know what I can’t do. Plus, I’m having too much fun laying on the couch.”

Although we love LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani on Friends, when it comes to Phil Dunphy, we’re going to have to go with the one and only, Burrell. He is the perfect Phil. The good news is that LeBlanc doesn’t have any hard feelings about passing on the Emmy-winning series. In fact, when the cast of Modern Family was going through salary disputes, he lent his expertise to Jesse Tyler Ferguson (who plays Mitchell Pritchett).

What do you think about LeBlanc almost playing Phil Dunphy? Would he have been a good fit?

Modern Family returns for season 9 on September 27, 2017 on ABC.

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