Matt LeBlanc looked like a ''feral'' man when he took a break from acting.

The 46-year-old actor - who has 10-year-old daughter Marina with ex-wife Melissa McKnight - retreated from the spotlight for five years from 2006 and was so reluctant to leave his Santa Barbara ranch, he even resorted to cutting his own hair, which once resulted in a disastrous Mohawk.

He said: ''I looked like a feral man with his kid. I'm glad child services doesn't have a picture of that one.''

However, Matt admits the scrutiny he was under at the height of his fame from sitcom 'Friends' had some unexpected benefits; such as when he could hear a helicopter above his house and then turned on his TV to see there was a live shot featuring the homes of himself and his 'Friends' co-stars Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox.

He told Boston Common magazine: ''I'm looking at it, I can hear the helicopter, and I look close at the TV and think, 'My roof sure looks like s**t.' So I got out the ladder to get up on the roof, and sure enough I had to get an estimate to redo the roof.''