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Who is ‘Fake Joey’ from Friends? Meet Louis Mandylor, who almost played real Joey

Bruno Cooke May 28, 2021
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Who played Joey Tribbiani’s “identical twin for a medical research project” Carl, aka “Fake Joey”, in Friends? Meet Louis Mandylor, who almost played the real Joey in the worlds’ favourite sitcom, Friends.

Meet ‘Fake Joey’, who appeared in just one Friends episode

Australian film actor Louis Mandylor auditioned for the part of Joey Tribbiani at NBC alongside Matt LeBlanc.

While Matt LeBlanc ended up securing the part, Mandylor never left the business.

He has a total of 141 acting credits to his name, according to IMDB, including 66 feature films.

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With over a dozen projects either in pre- or post-production, he has been busy in recent years.

Many of Mandylor’s first parts were in TV series, from 1990’s China Beach to Down the Shore and Grace Under Fire.

Who is Louis Mandylor?

Born Elias Theodosopoulos in 1966, Mandylor is an Australian film and television actor. His brother, Costas, is also an actor.

Besides playing “Fake Joey” in season 6 episode 17 of Friends (more below), Louis Mandylor has held down some major parts over the years.

He is perhaps most famous for playing Nick Portokalos in My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) and its sequel, 14 years later.

But he also appeared in Rambo: Last Blood (2019), The Debt Collector (2018) and Jean-Claude Van Damme’s The Quest (1996), starring Jude Law.

How the real Joey lost a ‘huge chunk of meat’ for the part

Obviously, as we all know, Matt LeBlanc beat Louis Mandylor to the inimitable part of Joey Tribbiani.

But it wasn’t without tribulation. 

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LeBlanc revealed during the Friends reunion that, the night before his callback audition, he lost a “huge chunk of meat” from his nose when he “fell face first into the toilet”.

It didn’t hold back his chances, however. When he arrived for the callback, he “told the truth and got the job”.

But Louis Mandylor made it into Friends in the end, as ‘Fake Joey’

Louis Mandylor made it onto the Friends set eventually, for the season 6 episode The One With Unagi.

In the episode, Joey hires an actor – Carl – to be his “identical twin for a medical research project”.

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He tells Monica and Chandler, “I know it sounds crazy but I think it might work”. But Carl’s acting isn’t up to scratch.

Joey blames Carl for losing a “big Minute Maid commercial a couple years ago”, and bemoans, “we were supposed to be brothers but he messed it up”.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.