Matthew Perry Wants Everyone to Forget He Ever Played Chandler Bing on ‘Friends’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Matthew Perry

He was an actor earlier than and after the enduring sitcom Friends grew to become the defining second of his profession. But although it’s not the one position he’s ever performed, most followers will solely see Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing.

It’s not all the time a nasty downside to have. Even greater than 15 years after the present ended, folks nonetheless gentle up with recognition every time they see Perry, catapulting his standing from little-known actor to worldwide TV star. But there’s a couple of purpose that the 50-year-old Canadian-American entertainer generally needs Friends by no means occurred.

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Matthew Perry | Chris Polk/FilmMagic

‘Friends’ introduced Matthew Perry into the mainstream

Before Friends, Perry had zero title recognition in Hollywood. Perry moved from Canada to California when he was 15 to pursue an performing profession. He performed a number of small components earlier than touchdown the position of a lifetime with Friends in 1994.

The sitcom about six twenty-something mates dwelling in New York City grew to become a cultural phenomenon. Perry was even nominated for an Emmy in 2002 for Outstanding Lead Actor on the present. You’d assume Perry could be thrilled by the success that Friends introduced him — however as an alternative, he’s cautious in regards to the impact the present had on his life.

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Matthew Perry on ‘Friends’ | Hulton Archives/Getty Images

Perry frolicked in rehab for medication and alcohol

All the forged members received alongside on set. But even so, not all the pieces was excellent behind the scenes. Perry’s dependancy to painkillers and alcohol made life extra difficult throughout filming. Mostly, his coworkers have been frightened about him.

“I used to be on Friends from age 24 to 34,” Perry mentioned
throughout an interview
with People
. “From an outsider’s perspective, it could seem to be I had
all of it. It was really a really lonely time for me as a result of I used to be affected by
alcoholism. It was occurring earlier than Friends, nevertheless it’s a progressive
illness.” 

After being prescribed painkillers, Perry mentioned he “felt
higher than I ever felt in my complete life. I had an enormous downside with capsules and
alcohol, and I couldn’t cease.” 

In one interview, the Friends alum mentioned he can’t bear in mind three seasons of the present as a result of he was by no means sober. It wasn’t the present’s fault Perry was struggling — however he’ll all the time affiliate these darkish occasions with being on Friends.

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Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox Arquette | David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

He can’t transfer previous the legacy of Chandler Bing

Most Friends forged members won’t ever discover that sort of loopy success once more. But Perry had one of many worst occasions making an attempt to remain related in Hollywood. After a number of failed tasks, Perry appeared to simply accept that he would all the time depend Chandler Bing as his greatest profession achievement.

Perry’s ABC comedy Mr. Sunshine was canceled after 9 episodes. The dramedy Go On, which was a couple of grief help group, lasted for simply 22 episodes earlier than struggling the identical destiny. Next, Perry tried a remake of The Odd Couple in 2015, which ran for 38 episodes.

Some administrators refuse to forged Perry as a result of they will solely see him as Chandler Bing. Then there are individuals who can’t recover from how completely different Perry appears to be like now. Either approach, the actor isn’t discovering significant work in a post-Friends world.

Perry doesn’t need to take part in a ‘Friends’ reboot

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‘Friends’ forged | Reisig & Taylor/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal by way of Getty Images

You’d assume that somebody like Perry would need to recapture among the authentic fame by becoming a member of a reboot of Friends. But up to now, solely the feminine forged members are into the thought.

“I’ve this recurring nightmare—I’m not
kidding about this. When I’m asleep, I’ve this nightmare that we do Friends
once more and no person cares,” he mentioned during
a Variety interview
. “We do a complete collection, we come again, and no person cares
about it. So if anyone asks me, I’m gonna say no.”

He continued, explaining his place on the matter. “The thing is: we ended on such a high. We can’t beat it. Why would we go and do it again?”

Friends days are formally over for Matthew Perry. And it seems like he’s simply fantastic with that.

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