Matthew Perry admits that he faced his life-changing final moments on “Friends” in a very different way than his co-stars.
In an excerpt from her new memoir “Friends, Lovers, and the Biggest Awe” found by BuzzFeed NewsPerry showed the lack of emotion she felt when the beloved sitcom’s final episode wrapped.
The final scene of the series brings together all the main characters in one of the show’s most famous sets – Monica’s (Courteney Cox) apartment.
In an emotional scene, the presenters take out all of Monica’s other belongings as the characters show all the memories they had in the now empty space. The tension of the scene is broken by Perry’s Chandler, who gets the last line of the series.
When Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) asks if everyone has time to get coffee — an activity the group of friends often do at their hangout in Central Perk — Chandler cheerfully replies: “Sure! … where?”
“It was January 23, 2004,” Perry recalled in his memoir. “The keys to the counter, a guy who looked a lot like Chandler Bing said, ‘Where?'”
“‘Embryonic Journey’ by Jefferson Airplane played, the camera panned to the back of the apartment door, and then Ben, our first AD, and a very close friend, gave one last shout, ‘Shut it up,’ and the tears almost came. everyone’s eyes like many geysers,” he wrote.
But Perry says he could hear the water.
“We had done 237 episodes, including the last one, aptly named, ‘The Last One.’ Jennifer Aniston was crying – after a while, I was surprised that she had water left in her whole body. Even Matt LeBlanc was crying,” he wrote. “But I didn’t hear anything.”
“I couldn’t tell if that was because of the opioid buprenorphine I was taking, or if I was just dying inside,” he adds.
Perry has been open up about substance abuse problems he had the whole “Friends” movie. In 2013, he revealed ABC News that he had problems with depression, alcohol and drug abuse while working in the game.
“It was mostly drinking, you know, and opiates,” Perry said at the time. “I think I could hide it but, you know, eventually people found out.”
Apparently, those who knew her included her co-star Aniston, who, Perry revealed in October, she confronted about her drinking..
“Yeah, imagine how scary that moment was,” Perry told Diane Sawyer. “He was the one who reached the most. I am very grateful for that.”
In his new memoir, Perry said that, after the final episode of “Friends” wrapped, he decided to hang out with the rest of the cast, crew and his girlfriend at the time at Warner Bros. His final moments with his longtime collaborators echoed the numbness he felt as others mourned the end of the iconic sitcom.
“We said goodbye, we agreed that we will see each other soon in the way that people see when they know that it is not true, then we left towards my car,” he concluded.