In a new interview, the “Friends” actor Matthew Perry revealed to the presenter Tom Powerfrom CBS Radio, that he is unable to watch his award-winning series “Friends🇧🇷 Perry, who played the funny character Chandler Bing, confessed that it’s very difficult for him to watch episodes of the show, because it makes him relive his decades-long struggle with alcohol and drug addiction.
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He told Power: “I couldn’t watch the show… because I was so brutally thin and so sick from the disease,” the 53-year-old actor, who played Chandler for 10 years, explained.
Matthew explained that just by seeing his image on television at that time, he can identify exactly which substance he was using – be it alcohol, opiates or cocaine – in each episode.
“I could tell season after season by the way I look, and I don’t think anyone else can, but I certainly could… That’s why I don’t want to watch it because that’s what I see – that’s what I get when I watch it.”, he said justifying the trigger.
Matthew Perry explained that he has not yet reviewed any episodes of “Friends”, and despite his hesitation in the past, he claims that he would now be open to revisiting the series because of the impact it has had on so many people.
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“I think I’ll start watching because it really has been – first of all it’s been an amazing ride – but it’s been amazing to see it touch the hearts of different generations (…) [a série] it became an important and meaningful thing”, he commented, stating that he was intrigued to “watch it again”.
On November 1, the new biography of the former “Friends” actor hits stores Matthew Perryand in an interview with GQ magazine, the 53-year-old actor says he doesn’t think his former co-stars will be interested in reading his memoirs “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing”, where he recounts his struggle with addiction.
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Only Lisa Kudrow, Phoebe from “Friends”, who was responsible for the foreword, fellow colleagues Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc should not read the book, according to Perry.
“Why would they read? I don’t know. Because, you know, who cares? Addicts will care about it, and ‘Friends’ fans will care about it. But the cast won’t care too much about it,” the actor told the magazine.
In the opening of the book Lisa writes that reading Perry’s story was the “first time [ouviu] what it was really like to live and survive your addiction’.
“Matthew told me a few things, but not in that kind of detail. He is now letting us into his head and heart in honest and very exposed detail.”
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One of the novels that Matthew Perry will unravel in his new autobiographical book “Friends, Lovers And The Big Terrible Things”, which will be released on November 1, will be about his relationship with Julia Roberts in the 1990s. The two began dating after he convinced her to appear in an episode of the series “Friends” at the time.
Writing in his memoir, Matthew revealed the reason behind the end of his relationship with the “Pretty Woman” star.
He said: “Dating Julia Roberts was too much for me. I was constantly sure that she was going to break up with me. Why wouldn’t she? I wasn’t enough, I could never be enough, I was broken, bent, nasty.”
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And out of fear of her abandoning him, Matthew did it first: he broke up with the actress afraid that she would leave him.
“So instead of facing the inevitable agony of losing her, I ended up with the beautiful and brilliant Julia Roberts. She might have considered going out with a TV guy, and the TV guy was now breaking up with her. I cannot begin to describe the look of confusion on her face.”, she recalls.
The 53-year-old star recalled how their romance began when Julia was asked to appear on ‘Friends’ in 1995 and producers encouraged him to get in touch with the actress after she suggested she would only appear if she could be in a story with the Matthew’s character, Chandler Bing.
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He said: “I sent her three dozen red roses and a card that said, ‘The only thing more exciting than the prospect of you doing the show is that I finally have an excuse to send you flowers.’ Not only did Julia agree to do the show, but she also sent me a gift – bagels, lots and lots of bagels.
Perry revealed that the couple exchanged hundreds of fax messages during a “three-month courtship.”
He recalled: “Three or four times a day I would sit by my fax machine and watch the piece of paper slowly reveal its next letter. I was so excited that some nights I would be at a party flirting with some attractive woman and it would cut the conversation short so I could run home and see if a new fax had arrived.”
Matthew Perry is on the cover of the new edition of “People” magazine and says in the interview that he is ready to tell his story and go into detail about his fight against addictions. The 53-year-old actor, who was in a coma for two weeks after suffering a gastrointestinal perforation and spending five months in hospital, confesses that he has been through a lot, and all will be recounted in his new memoir “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing🇧🇷
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In conversation with the publication, he recalled this difficult health moment he experienced:
“The doctors told my family that I had a 2% chance of living. They put me on this thing called an ECMO machine, which does all the breathing from the heart and lungs… Nobody survives that,” Perry said.
Chandler Bing’s “Friends” singer was forced to use a colostomy bag for nine months and underwent 14 stomach surgeries.
This health problem was related to years of addiction to drugs and alcohol. Perry, who went through rehabilitation clinics 15 times, revealed that the problems began at age 24 when he started recording the famous television series:
“I could handle it, more or less. But when I was 34, I was really in a lot of trouble,” he explained, confessing that he acted better during the time he was sober.
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Matthew commented that it was very difficult to kick the habit. At the height of his career, he was taking 55 Vicodin a day:
“I couldn’t stop because the disease and addiction are progressive. Then it gets worse and worse as you get older,” she justified.
The book hits stores on November 1.
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