When Matt LeBlanc makes a smart deal that gets him a multi-million-dollar retention contract with NBC, it does not mean that Joey Trobbiani is "not so dumb after all". Matt LeBlanc is not Joey Trobbiani. Matt LeBlanc plays Joey Trobbiani. Matt LeBlanc is an actor. He pretends to be other people on TV for money. We all have been forming a fairly intimate relationship with Joey Trobbiani for the past ten years, and may continue to for at least thirteen more episodes, but the sad truth is: Joey Trobbiani is not real. Matt LeBlanc, however, is.