Matt LeBlanc’s smiling, arms folded couch pose during “Friends: The Reunion” has Ireland claiming the star as their own.
Irish Twitter ran wild with the LeBlanc image over the weekend, following the release of the HBO Max reunion special Thursday, comparing the 53-year-old actor to everyone’s favorite Irish uncle.
“Every Irish family has at least one of those uncles or great uncles – extreme salt of the Earth characters, full of dry wit and just a drop of cynicism,” Twitter user @noclarity74 wrote, explaining the social media discourse over LeBlanc’s pose. “Matt looks like a typical Irish uncle in the photos from the reunion from his (folded) , to his facial expressions.”
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Twitter was filled with screenshots of LeBlanc’s pose, accompanied with captions of what his Irish alter ego would be saying at a family gathering or at the pub.
“And you paid for them jeans like that ya did, with all them holes already in them?” wrote Twitter user @spochadoir.
Irish actress and “Bridgerton” star Nicola Coughlan joined in on the fun Saturday, tweeting that Leblanc’s Irish alter ego is from a small town on the Emerald Isle.
“Matt LeBlanc is Irish, I don’t want to see any other nation trying to claim him,” Coughlan claimed. “He’s from Tullamore, he drinks milk with his dinner.”
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Twitter user @imgrandsure wrote that LeBlanc “looks like a fella you’d end up having a deep conversation with in the residents bar after a wedding. ten pints deep and he’s giving you the best advice you’ll ever get. you’ll never meet him again but his sage wisdom sticks with you forever. a gentleman.”
Twitter user @sarahlostctrl wrote, “Matt LeBlanc is 5 seconds away from slapping his knees and going ‘well we ought to make a move who’s ready to rock and roll’ “
LeBlanc has not responded on social media to the fan admiration.
The “Friends” star posted a reunion Instagram video walking arm-in-arm with co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer.
“So great to see you everyone,” LeBlanc, our favorite “Irish uncle” wrote.