There are successful TV comedies, and then there’s Friends. The beloved sitcom ran for a whopping ten seasons and is a phenomenon that's remained part of the pop culture landscape. Actor Matthew Perry played Chandler Bing throughout that run, and he recently opened up in his new book about his addiction issues, and how bad things got while the show was still filming.
Matthew Perry recently wrote a new memoir titled Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing (opens in new tab), which will get its wide release next month. During a conversation with People, the 53 year-old actor will be truly open and vulnerable with the public about his substance issues. What started with drinking increased to other vices as the success of Friends began, as he shared:
The Friends icon is being so transparent about his struggles with addiction in hopes that his book Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing might be helpful for those dealing with similar issues. As he shares in the memoir, at one point he was taking 55 Vicodin a day to simply get by. And this was as he worked on Friends consistently for a decade.
Matthew Perry went down to 128 pounds at one point during this time, which was something that obviously the cast and crew of Friends noticed. For their part, Perry says his co-stars did nothing but support him as best they could. He offered another quote about the intersection of the show and his addiction, saying:
In the end Matthew Perry admits that he’s been to rehab 15 times over the years, as relapses are often part of the process for those in recovery. He’s also had some serious physical conditions as a result of his years of drug use. Perry revealed he almost died a few years ago at age 49 due to gastrointestinal perforation and a burst colon, which may explain his appearance during the Friends reunion special.
While promoting his book Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, the Friends icon spoke to People about his recovery, and why keeping track of his sobriety is an important part of the process. He said,
Matthew Perry recently reunited with his Friends co-stars for the reunion special, to the delight of the generations of fans out there. He doesn’t currently have any acting projects lined up, but his book will be released November 1st. In the meantime, check out the fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.