uncover everything. Jennifer Aniston helped Matthew Perry back in the old friends days. Matthew opened up about a time when his co-star confronted him about his drinking problems while they were on the set of the iconic sitcom.
In an excerpt from his new memoirs Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing received from The London TimesMatthew wrote about how The morning show Star came to him to discuss the cast’s concerns about him. “‘I know you drink,’ she said,” he wrote. “I was long over her – I’ve been fine since she started dating Brad Pitt – and had calculated exactly how long I had to look at her without being embarrassed, but still devastating to be confronted with Jennifer Aniston to become. And I was confused.”
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He continued, “‘How do you know that?’ I said. I’ve never worked drunk. ‘I was trying to hide it…'” He added that the cast is always supportive, saying they have “understanding and patience.” It’s like penguins. Penguins in nature, when one is sick or very injured, the other penguins surround and support them. They walk around him until the penguin can walk on his own. That’s what the cast did for me.” He then continued, “I was the injured penguin, but I was determined not to let down these wonderful people and this show.”
Jennifer told Matthew how they found out about his drinking habits. “‘We can smell it,’ she said in a strange but loving way, and the plural ‘we’ hit me like a sledgehammer,” he said. “‘I know I drink too much,’ I said, ‘but I don’t know exactly what to do about it.'” He explained how his addiction got worse and fluctuated in between friends seasons. “By the end of Season 3, I was spending most of my time trying to figure out how to get 55 Vicodin a day – I had to have 55 every day or I was going to get so sick. It was a full-time job: making calls, seeing doctors, faking migraines, finding corrupt nurses to give me what I need.”
in one persons cover story When promoting the book, Matthew explains why he wrote the book. “I wanted to share it when I was sure I wouldn’t go back to the dark side of it all. I had to wait until I was pretty sure sober – and off the active illness alcoholism and addiction – to write it all down. And most importantly, I was pretty sure it would help people.” In the past, Perry has been open about his past health issues and drug addiction. In 1997 he completed a 28-day Vicodin addiction program. He entered rehab a second time in 2001 because of his addiction to Vicodin, methadone, amphetamines, and alcohol.
While Friends: The reunion, which also starred Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and Courteney Cox, fans worried about Matthew’s health. They claimed to be Matthew in the moments Speech sounded indistinct, leading some viewers to wonder if he had a stroke on stage. However, according to a source for The Sun, Perry’s speech was not due to issues with his health but to dental surgery he had earlier that day. “Matthew showed up at the reunion and members of his team said he had emergency dental work that day,” a source said The sun. This is said to be having an impact on his well-being and how he’s feeling, too,” the source said. The insider explained that the dental work was causing Perry some “pain,” which is why he didn’t speak as much during the special. Reunion director Ben Winston responded to the comments saying, “He was great. Sometimes people can just be rude. I wish they weren’t,” he said. “I loved working with him. He’s a brilliantly funny man and I thought he had some great one-liners on the show. I just felt lucky and lucky to be in his presence and guide him through something like this.”
If you or someone you know is addicted to substances, help is available. Call the National Drug Help Line at 1 (844) 289-0879 for confidential assistance.
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