The actor, who was battling addiction, recalled dozing off during the filming of a coffee shop scene for “Friends,” and Matt LeBlanc woke him up before anyone noticed, according to Matthew Perry. Over 3 million readers of Morning Brew have read Perry’s upcoming memoir, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” which includes the anecdote.
You ought to, too! Thank you for registering! When Matthew Perry was in the height of his addiction, Matt LeBlanc woke him up in the middle of a “Friends” scene.
In his new biography ‘Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing,’ , which is set for a November 1 release, 53-year-old Perry discusses the toll his addiction to booze and opiates took on his health and career. According to a recent Insider piece, the actor described how his struggle with opioid addiction nearly killed him after his colon burst at the age of 49.
However, a passage from his book that The Sunday Times released claims that his struggle with addiction started decades earlier and overlapped with his tenure on “Friends.”
Throughout its 10-season run, Perry portrayed Chandler Bing on the NBC sitcom. Perry acknowledged that he had passed out while filming a scene for Central Perk, despite being “determined” not to let his addiction affect his job on the program or his castmates.
In a scenario in the coffee shop while he was wearing a suit, he wrote, “The addiction devoured me—one time, I fell asleep right there on the couch.” Only when Matt LeBlanc woke me up just before my line, no one noticed, but I was aware of how close I’d gone to disaster.
Joey Tribbiani, a buddy and roommate of Perry’s character, was portrayed by LeBlanc, 55.
Perry claims he was using Vicodin, the brand name for a painkiller that mixes the narcotic hydrocodone with the over-the-counter pain medication acetaminophen, Healthline reported , at the time, and was taking up to 55 pills per day.
It wouldn’t be the last time Perry received encouragement from his castmates, whether consciously or unconsciously.
According to Perry, who portrayed Rachel Green on the show, Jennifer Aniston confronted him about his drinking at one point and warned him that people could “smell it” on him.
He wrote, “To be confronted by Jennifer Aniston was devastating.”
During an interview with Diane Sawyer for ABC , Perry discussed the encounter and expressed his gratitude for Aniston for stepping up for him, despite the fact that it was a “frightening” time.
In the interview, Perry referred to Aniston, 53, as “Jenny,” and stated of her, “She was the one who reached out the most. I’m really thankful to her for that.”