ENTERTAINMENT: In the wake of the tragic passing of Matthew Perry, renowned for his role in the beloved TV series Friends, people have been revisiting his interviews where he candidly discussed his journey, including his success, experiences on Friends, and his battles with addiction.
To promote his memoir, titled “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” Perry participated in a podcast interview with Tom Power. During this conversation, he explained why he had refrained from watching Friends for many years, citing his struggle with substance abuse,” Matthew Perry said.
He shared, “I didn’t watch the show, and I haven’t watched it because I could associate it with drinking, opiates, drinking, cocaine. I could gauge my addiction journey season by season by how I appeared.”
He went on to mention in his memoir, “You can trace the course of my addiction by observing my weight from one season to the next. When I carried extra weight, it was due to alcohol; when I was thin, it was because of pills. A goatee signified heavy pill use. By the end of season three, I was focused on obtaining 55 Vicodin pills every day, as I needed them to function.”
However, in the same interview, Perry expressed his hope of eventually watching all of Friends. He acknowledged the incredible impact the show had across different generations and how it had become a significant cultural phenomenon.
Perry reflected on the humor and camaraderie of the cast and expressed his desire to enjoy it once more, remarking, “It was genuinely funny, and the people were wonderful. I’ve been overly concerned about this for too long.”