Friends star Matthew Perry reveals big format change he wanted

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friends Star Matthew Perry has revealed he unsuccessfully tried to persuade producers to change the show’s format for an episode.

The actor has been speaking a lot about the show lately to publicize his memoir Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thingincluding tough times with co-stars and almost missing a reunion last year.

One of Perry’s lighter stories from the series friends when he tried to convince show bosses to break the fourth wall and have him appear as himself in a post-credits scene (via radio times).

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The situation arose when Hollywood superstar Sean Penn guest-starred on a Halloween episode in which Chandler wore a fluffy bunny costume.

Perry writes that he opened a post-credits scene where he seemed out of character and asked Sean Penn for advice on getting more serious roles.

“‘Well, I’ve really thought about it a lot. And I think you’re a good person to talk about,'” he would have said.

“I smoke as I say this, and as I stub out the cigarette with my giant rabbit foot, I say, ‘I was trying to get into the dramatic work.'”

The brief scene would have ended with Penn pausing before simply wishing Perry “good luck” in his bunny costume.

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“Even someone as powerful as Sean Penn and I, looking ridiculous in a giant pink bunny suit, couldn’t get permission to break the fourth wall [which] stayed in place. Right where it should be,” he wrote.

The episode, titled “The One with the Halloween Party,” eventually aired in 2001…without a fourth wall-breaking credit scene.

friends Streams on Netflix in the UK, where it also airs daily on Comedy Central. In the US, you can stream the show on HBO Max.

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