Actor Matthew Perry is mainly known for playing the sarcastic character Chandler Bing on “Friends.” The NBC TV sitcom premiered in 1994 and ended in May 2004 after ten seasons. It also featured stars like Courtney Cox and Jennifer Aniston, alongside Perry.
On Tuesday, the Actor, producer, and comedian announced that he had finally finished his memoir. He took to Instagram to tell fans that his long-awaited project would soon be released.
Perry also noted that the memoir would include details of some behind-the-scenes moments of “Friends.” In response, several fans expressed their excitement in the comments. He also noted something else he would discuss. Keep reading to find out.
Matthew Perry Is Done With His Memoir
On his Instagram, the 52-year-old posted a stack of pages with the title of the memoir “Friends, Lovers And A Big Terrible Thing” boldly written on the front paper. Under the post, Perry told fans, “My ego doesn’t like that I have to stop writing about myself. But the book is now done. So that’s that.”
The Actor first revealed that he was writing a memoir in February. He also posted a snapshot of the front cover for fans to see. It was also revealed by his editor Megan Lynch that he would give details about some behind-the-scenes moments from the sitcom.
Matthew Perry Will Discuss Addiction
Apart from juicy details from the “Friends” set, the star will also be discussing his addiction struggles in his book. He will reportedly give more details on his personal challenges and the pressure his Chandler role put on him to be funny.
He first talked about these in the 2021 documentary of the 1994 show, “Friends: The Reunion,” on HBO Max. About the show, he said. “To me, I felt like I was going to die if they didn’t laugh. If I didn’t get the laugh I was supposed to get, I would freak out.”
He also hinted at his struggles with addiction in a 2016 interview with BBC Radio 2. When asked what his favorite parts of the show were, he explained that he was “a little bit out of it” between the third and sixth seasons. Fans believed that this was the period he faced the most challenges with his addiction.
His Addiction Story
In “Friends: The Reunion,” Perry explained to fans how his addiction began. He recalled getting into a jet skiing accident three years into filming “Friends.” This made him depend a lot on Vicodin (acetaminophen or hydrocodone).
Even after healing, he continued using it and got addicted. “It wasn’t my intention to have a problem with it. But from the start I liked how it made me feel, and I wanted to get more,” he explained.
Fans also commented on his weight loss on several occasions. When asked about it, he said jokingly, “I was out of control and very unhealthy. I returned to my original birth weight.” Later that year, he realized his addiction’s seriousness and went to rehab in Minnesota.
He stayed there for a month but relapsed shortly after he got out. He explained, “I was able to stay sober for a brief period. But I didn’t really get it.” He recalled returning to the rehab center several times after that until he finally became addiction free.
His Upcoming Memoir Already Received Praises
In 2021, renowned publisher, editor, and senior Vice-president of Flatiron Books, Megan Lynch, complimented the upcoming project. Lynch will also be editing the memoir and discussing it in an interview with Deadline.
When asked, she noted that Perry’s style was unique and was what the world needed at the moment. “We need humor, we need catharsis, and we need to agree on something — and Matthew’s extraordinary story, told in his inimitable voice, is that thing,” she said.
She praised his book and talked about its “unrivaled potential to bring people together.” She also referenced the pandemic, “which feels especially galvanizing right now, a time of isolation and division.” According to Perry, the memoir’s release is scheduled for November 1st, 2022.
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