Matthew Perry Was Drunk For Most of “Friends” Now Helps Others
BREAKING: TMZ is reporting that “Friends” star Matthew Perry died at 54 in LA after an apparent drowning.
It’s stunning and hard to believe to read that iconic star, Matthew Perry was drunk the night before he filmed most of the Friends episodes we loved.
In his memoir Friends, Lovers and The Big Terrible Thing, he unveils a shocking life that was the opposite of success. The funny, charismatic Chandler, we loved on TV was far from the person who portrayed him.
Fame, Fortune Doesn’t Solve Problems
When you read and hear Matthew Perry speak of his alcohol and drug addiction you realize that money, in his case, $150,000,000, a number one television show, talent and looks, doesn’t solve your problems. In the case of Perry, his drinking problem started at fourteen, and continued for DECADES.
One amazingly compelling story is eye opening. He shares the story of a friend that visits Perry in the early days of Friends success. This friend also has addiction issues. This person is an actor that LOST the Chandler role to Perry and didn’t speak to Matt for two years. This actor getting over that fact that he lost the role of a lifetime, came to grips and visited Perry at home, after two years, only to find that Perry was still held hostage by his addictions. Sure, the outside world changed, but the inside world of Perry has not. He is still in the midst of the disease called alcoholism.
Perry Didn’t Watch “Friends.”
The reason: Matthew Perry was drunk. Well as he says in an interview: “I was not drunk during filming, because of my respect for the other five. But, I was so hungover, so much, that I was shaking.”
Perry goes on to say he didn’t watch Friends, because each episode actually reminds him of the drug he was on. He says during one season he was SO SKINNY, he remembers taking FIFTY Vicodin a day. Perry lists the drugs he was on for each season, based on how he looked.
Maybe It’s Time To Watch “Friends”
Perry says after decades of addiction, he found a councilor that really helped him. During the first meeting the councilor said the words: “It’s not your fault. This is a disease, like any other and it’s not your fault.” Perry says that was the beginning of the road to healing.
Today, Matt Perry is sober and says he never wants to be that close to death, again as he came close, too many times. He doesn’t want to be remembered for Friends. Matts wants to be remembered for helping people like him, become sober.
As you’ll see near the end of this amazing video, he admits, that maybe it’s time to watch Friends.