Matthew Perry was 'dead inside' and 'feeling nothing' when his castmates collapsed in the Friends finale

Matthew Perry was ‘dead inside’ and ‘feeling nothing’ when his castmates collapsed in the Friends finale

Matthew Perry opened up about his disturbing experience filming the latest episode of Friends in his recently published memoirs, titled Friends, lovers and the terrible big thing.

Matthew’s book, out November 1, candidly details how his addiction to drugs and alcohol largely influenced his years on the popular NBC sitcom Friends.

Matthew portrayed Chandler Bing on the hit show, which aired from 1994 to 2004. He starred alongside David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow, who played Ross, Joey, Rachel, Monica, respectively. and Phoebe.

And while Chandler became famous for his witty and sarcastic personality, Matthew’s on-set reality was far less lighthearted. The actor has revealed that his addiction – which led to serious medical complications – emerged around the time he was cast on the show at the age of 24.

Reflecting on his experience filming the final episode – which was as emotional for fans as it was for the cast and crew – Matthew details how his addiction impacted how he handled the momentous date.

The episode sees the beloved group of friends go their separate ways once and for all, with Monica and Chandler moving out of the iconic Manhattan apartment and moving to the suburbs.

“It was January 23, 2004,” he recalls. “Keys on the counter, a guy who looked a lot like Chandler Bing said, ‘Where?'”

“Jefferson Airplane’s ‘Embryonic Journey’ played, the camera turned to the back of the apartment door, and then Ben, our first AD and a very close friend, shouted for the last time, ‘C is over, “and tears welled up from almost everyone’s eyes like so many geysers,” he wrote.

But, unlike his castmates, Matthew felt “nothing”.

“We had done 237 episodes, including this last one, aptly called ‘The Last One.’ Jennifer Aniston was sobbing – after a while I was amazed she still had water all over her body. Even Matt LeBlanc was crying,” he wrote. “But I felt nothing.”

“I couldn’t tell if it was because of the opioid buprenorphine I was taking, or if I was just dead inside,” he continues.

Afterwards, Matthew recalls choosing to take a “slow walk” with his girlfriend at the time “instead of sobbing” with the rest of the cast and crew.

“So instead of sobbing, I took a slow walk around the stage with my then-girlfriend – also aptly called Rachel – on stage 24 at Warner Bros. in Burbank (a scene that after the end of the show would be renamed ‘The Friends Stage,'” he wrote.

“We said our various farewells to each other, agreeing to see each other soon like people do when they know it’s not true, and then we headed to my car,” he adds.

Elsewhere in his memoir, Matthew recalls being taken to a treatment center after filming one of the show’s most popular episodes – Chandler and Monica’s wedding – due to his addiction to alcohol and substances. .

The sweet dual-part special aired at the end of Season 7 and delighted fans around the world. However, as Matthew details in his book, he was hastily rushed to a treatment center as soon as filming was over.

“I married Monica and was taken back to the treatment center – at the height of my climax in Friendsthe high point of my career, the iconic moment of the iconic show – in a van driven by a sober technician,” he wrote.

Additionally, in a recent interview with The New York Times, Matthew revealed that after going to rehab 15 times over the years in an effort to get sober, he spent around $9 million on the trip.

“I probably spent $9 million or something trying to get sober,” he said.

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