ByGenevieve Van Voorhis, writer at Creators.co
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Since 2004, has only existed in reruns, box DVD sets, and now, thankfully, Netflix — or has it? This new fan theory from Digital Spy tries to convince us that everyone's favorite serial-dating, pizza-loving, pretty-but-dumb actor, Joey Tribbiani, actually exists in our very own universe.

Joey in a turkey 'Friends' [Credit: NBC]
Joey in a turkey 'Friends' [Credit: NBC]

As far as fan theories go, this one is pretty far-fetched, so let's break it down step by step.

1. Brent Spiner Plays Rachel's Interviewer From Gucci In 'Friends'

Rachel's interview with Gucci 'Friends' [Credit: NBC]
Rachel's interview with Gucci 'Friends' [Credit: NBC]

In "The One With Princess Consuela," Rachel has a lunch interview with James Campbell from Gucci, but winds up sitting right behind Mr. Zellner, her boss from Ralph Lauren? Rachel tries to pass the meal off as a date to try and fool her boss, but of course it blows up in her face and she winds up losing both jobs. Brent Spiner, better known as Data from Star Trek, plays the role of the interviewer.

2. Brent Spiner Plays Himself In 'Joey'

Number 2 'Friends' [Credit; NBC]
Number 2 'Friends' [Credit; NBC]

In 2005, a year after playing Mr. Campbell, Spiner appeared as himself in the Friends spin-off, Joey, which is set in the same universe as the original series.

Check it out in the clip below.

3. If Spiner Plays A Role On 'Friends' But Is Himself In 'Joey,' The Same Must Be True Of Joey Tribbiani

Joey drinks milk 'Friends' [Credit: NBC]
Joey drinks milk 'Friends' [Credit: NBC]

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Brent Spiner is an actor in our universe AND Joey's universe, indicating that the world of pop culture in Joey must be the same as that in our universe. Therefore, if Spiner could play the part of James Campbell on Friends, isn't it possible that Joey Tribbiani, the actor from Joey, is playing the part of Joey Tribbiani on Friends? It's the Joey Special, but instead of two pizzas, it's two Joeys.

Joey surprised 'Friends' [Credit: NBC]
Joey surprised 'Friends' [Credit: NBC]

Of course, the theory doesn't account for how Matt Leblanc — the actor who plays both Joeys — factors into all this. Especially given the fact that Leblanc exists both as himself, in our universe, and a fictionalized version of Matt Leblanc, the main character of the sitcom Episodes.

But for what it's worth, even Matt Leblanc has stated that there's a pretty big difference between the two Joeys that could maybe, sort of, kind of support the assertion that one has a part in a show and one is a person in real life. He told the Guardian:

"[The writers from 'Joey'] wrote a guy who became very doubtful of himself in this new place, in Hollywood, no friends, can't meet girls – and that's not who Joey was. He was always, always, always, the consummate optimist. Always. And that's not who they wrote."

Joey scared of the chick 'Friends' [Credit: NBC]
Joey scared of the chick 'Friends' [Credit: NBC]

The world of Friends has always played it fast and loose in regard to referencing actors one minute and failing to recognize them the next. Joey, Ross and Chandler are obsessed with Die Hard, yet somehow they don't notice that Paul — Elizabeth's dad and Rachel's brief love interest — is actually Bruce Willis. Also, Chandler puts Jessica Rabbit (the cartoon) on his list. The cartoon voice of Jessica Rabbit? Kathleen Turner, who plays Chandler's father later in the show. Speaking of lists, Ross adds Winona Ryder to his list of celebs he'd like to get it on with, but Ryder appears on the show as Melissa, one of Rachel's sorority sisters that's been harboring an all-consuming crush on Rachel since college.

Given Friends' history of actor-related continuity errors, this theory is probably just a moo point. Still, it's pretty nice to imagine that we live in a world where Joey Tribbiani actually exists.

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(Source: Digital Spy)