George Clooney Reveals: Matthew Perry’s ‘Friends’ Era Lacked Joy and Happiness

Matthew Perry's 'Friends'

Matthew Perry’s ‘Friends’ :George Clooney is sharing some details about Matthew Perry’s work life on the Friends set, more than a month after the actor’s untimely death stunned the world in October. Clooney discussed his decades-long friendship with Perry, whom he first met when Matthew was 16 and he was 24, in a recent interview with Deadline that was published on Tuesday.

Matthew Perry’s ‘Friends’ Era Lacked Joy

“Matt was 16 when I first got to know him. Paddle tennis was a sport we used to play together. He told the site that Perry used to tell him, Richard Kind, and Grant Heslov, “I just want to get on a sitcom, man.” “And he was a great, funny, funny, funny kid,” he added. I would be the happiest man alive if I could just get on a regular sitcom.

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Clooney went on to say that although Matthew’s dream of being cast as Chandler Bing on Friends—possibly the most watched comedy ever—came true, it didn’t bring him the fulfillment he was looking for.

Matthew Perry's 'Friends'
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Regarding the actor’s Friends performance, the former ER star remarked, “He got on probably one of the best, ever.” “He wasn’t content. It did not make him happy, joyful, or peaceful. We were standing next to one other at Warner Brothers, so it was difficult to witness that happen on the lot because we had no idea what was going through him. We were aware of his unhappiness.”

George continued by saying that it wasn’t until Matthew’s memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, was published in 2022 that he realized the full scope of his addiction.

“I didn’t know he was taking 12 Vicodin pills a day and talking about all that horrible stuff,” Clooney remarked. Additionally, it merely conveys the message that material wealth and achievement do not guarantee pleasure. You must find fulfillment in your life and in yourself.

The late actor drowned in October of last year, allegedly from “the acute effects of ketamine,” according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner.

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