Matthew Perry: I Was So ‘Dead Inside’ During The ‘Friends’ Finale, I ‘Felt Nothing’

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Matthew Perry is admitting that helium experienced the last moments of his life-changing “Friends” vocation overmuch otherwise than his castmates.

In an excerpt from his caller memoir “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing” obtained by BuzzFeed News, Perry reflected connected the deficiency of emotion helium felt the infinitesimal the past occurrence of the beloved sitcom wrapped.

The last country of the bid features each of the main characters successful 1 of the show’s astir fashionable sets — Monica’s (Courteney Cox) apartment.

In the affectional scene, movers are clearing retired the remainder of Monica’s belongings arsenic the characters bespeak connected each the memories they’ve had successful the now-empty space. The hostility of the country is breached by Perry’s snarky Chandler, who gets the last enactment successful the series.

When Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) asks if everyone has immoderate clip to get immoderate java — an enactment the radical of friends often did astatine their hangout spot Central Perk — Chandler hilariously replies: “Sure! … Where?”

Courteney Cox arsenic  Monica Geller, Matt LeBlanc arsenic  Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow arsenic  Phoebe Buffay, David Schwimmer arsenic  Ross Geller, Matthew Perry arsenic  Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston arsenic  Rachel Green successful  a “Friends” formed  photograph  from 1994.
Courteney Cox arsenic Monica Geller, Matt LeBlanc arsenic Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow arsenic Phoebe Buffay, David Schwimmer arsenic Ross Geller, Matthew Perry arsenic Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston arsenic Rachel Green successful a “Friends” formed photograph from 1994.

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“It was January 23, 2004,” Perry recalls successful his memoir. “The keys connected the counter, a feline who looked a batch similar Chandler Bing said, ‘Where?’”

“‘Embryonic Journey’ by Jefferson Airplane played, the camera panned to the backmost of the flat door, past Ben, our archetypal AD, and precise adjacent friend, shouted for the past time, ‘That’s a wrap,’ and tears sprang from astir everyone’s eyes similar truthful galore geysers,” helium writes.

But says helium wasn’t feeling the waterworks.

“We had made 237 episodes, including this past one, called, appropriately enough, ‘The Last One.’ Jennifer Aniston was sobbing — aft a while, I was amazed she had immoderate h2o near successful her full body. Even Matt LeBlanc was crying,” helium writes. “But I felt nothing.”

“I couldn’t archer if that was due to the fact that of the opioid buprenorphine I was taking, oregon if I was conscionable mostly dormant inside,” helium adds.

Perry has been open astir the substance maltreatment problems helium had passim the filming of “Friends.” In 2013, helium revealed connected ABC News that helium struggled with depression, intoxicant and medicine cause maltreatment passim his tenure connected the show.

“Mostly it was drinking, you know, and opiates,” Perry said astatine the time. “I deliberation I was beauteous bully astatine hiding it but, you know, yet radical were aware.”

Mathew Perry and Jennifer Aniston successful  1998.
Mathew Perry and Jennifer Aniston successful 1998.

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Apparently, those who were alert included his co-star Aniston, who, Perry revealed successful October, confronted him astir his drinking.

“Yeah, ideate however scary of a infinitesimal that was,” Perry told Diane Sawyer. “She was the 1 who reached retired the most. I’m truly grateful to her for that.”

In his caller memoir, Perry said that, aft the last occurrence of “Friends” wrapped, helium decided to spell for a locomotion with the remainder of the cast, unit and his woman astatine the clip astir the Warner Bros lot. His last moments with those with whom helium worked for truthful agelong echo the numbness helium felt portion others mourned the extremity of the iconic sitcom.

“We said our assorted goodbyes, agreeing to spot each different soon successful the mode that radical bash erstwhile they cognize it’s not true, and past we headed retired to my car,” helium concludes successful the except.

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