Perry revealed that his substance addiction was such that he can't remember filming several seasons of 'Friends'.
Matthew Perry has opened up about his past struggles with substance abuse, claiming that he has virtually no recollection of about three years of filming ‘Friends’ because of his addiction.
The 46 year old actor was interviewed on Chris Evan’s breakfast show on BBC Radio 2 last Friday (January 22nd), and when he was asked about his favourite and least favourite episodes of the hit show, in which he played the sarcastic Chandler Bing for ten years, he admitted that he had very little memory of some seasons.
Matthew Perry claims he can't remember seasons 3-6 of 'Friends'
“Oh my goodness,” he said. “I think the answer is I don’t remember three years of it. So none of those… somewhere between season 3 and 6.” Perry then added that “a little bit of the time, I was a little out of it, yeah.”
Perry has previously spoken about his battles with addiction with alcohol and prescription medication, telling People magazine back in 2013: “I was a hopelessly narcissistic guy, and I only thought about myself, and then that just shifted… …and when that happened, I got some true happiness and comfort in my life.”
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However, he maintains that he never actually used any these substance on set. “I was never high at work. I was painfully hungover. Then eventually things got so bad I couldn't hide it and everybody knew,” he said. Having then spent some time in rehab, Perry has been sober since 2001.
Much has been made of the impending ‘Friends’ so-called reunion, which will happen on an NBC ‘Must See TV’ special show in late February in honour of James Burrows, who directed many of its episodes during its run from 1994 to 2004.
While he’s revealed he’ll make some kind of appearance on the special programme, Perry has already said that he wasn’t been physically present for recording, as he’s been preparing for his new play ‘The End of Longing’, which makes its debut in London the same month. However, it’s believed he’ll be introducing the rest of the cast to the stage via video link.
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