Matthew Perry Says He Is Grateful To Jennifer Aniston For Confronting Him About His Alcohol Abuse In “Friends”
Though Matthew Perry played Chandler Bing in the superhit sitcom Friends, he struggled with chronic alcohol and drug addiction during the filming. Now that he has admitted himself to having overcome addiction, the actor is speaking out about the struggles he faced in the past and his long journey to sobriety.
He recounts being confronted by his co-star Jennifer Aniston despite never having been drunk on set when he was in an excerpt from his book Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing. A 53-year-old writer wrote in his memoir, “‘I know you are drinking,’ she said. “’How can you tell?’ I replied. I hadn’t worked drunk. I’ve been hiding it.’”
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As part of their time on the show, the actor also revealed that he had a crush on Aniston. It was devastating to be confronted by Jennifer Aniston when he had long since gotten over her – ever since she began dating Brad Pitt, I was fine – and figured out just how long to look at her without it feeling awkward, but he still had a hard time getting over her. “I was confused.”
According to his memoir, Aniston told him “we can smell it”. “‘We can smell it,’ she said, in a kind of weird but loving way, and the plural ‘we’ struck me like a sledgehammer,” he said.
Despite knowing I’m drinking too much, I’m not sure what I should do about it.”
Announcing the incident with Diane Sayer, Perry said, “What an incredibly frightening moment that must have been. She was the one that reached out most, and I’m extremely grateful for what she did.”
As he revealed, he was completely alone at the height of his career. “At the time I should have been the toast of the town. I was in a dark room meeting nothing but drug dealers.”
The detective reveals that he was taking 55 Vicodin a day, along with Methadone, Xanax, and a full quart of vodka. He told Sawyer that he was “in a coma and barely escaped death”.
Perry told People recently that he is finally able to open up about this aspect of his life. I wanted to do this when I wasn’t going into the dark side of everything again. It took me a little while to write it all down once I had been sober for quite a while, and away from alcoholism and addiction, and I was pretty confident that it would help people.”
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