The ‘Friends’ actor had to take time off filming the series after the accident.
Matt LeBlanc was reportedly left ‘badly shaken’ and needed to take a break from filming, after nearly running over a ‘Top Gear’ cameraman. LeBlanc was behind the wheel of a Porsche, which he had been taking for a test spin during a break in shooting, but did not realise a crew member was lying down filming at ground-level.
Matt LeBlanc was left shaken after a close call during ‘Top Gear’ filming.
A show insider told The Mirror: “In between filming, Matt got into a Porsche they’d been road testing, turned on the ignition and was about to take it for a drive. But he was completely unaware one of the cameramen was lying down alongside it at ground level, filming low shots.”
“The crew member was completely oblivious Matt was about to speed off too, – but a tracking cameraman, who was sat in the distance, could see what was about to happen and started waving and screaming at Matt to stop.”
“Matt was a bit confused but got out of the car. When he realised he could have run the man over he was noticeably shaken up. He said he needed a bit of time out. He reappeared a few hours later, wanting to know that the cameraman was OK – which he was. He said, ‘Where’s that guy I nearly ran over?’”
“It was one of those instances where, if the tracking man and Matt had reacted even a few seconds later, it could have been really serious. Both of them appreciated what a lucky escape it was.” The incident was said to have happened last month when LeBlanc was filming in South Africa.