'It was a nightmare': Elizabeth Hurley recalls working with Mathew Perry at the height of his drug addiction
'It was tough, obviously he was having a tough time, but he was still very charming,' said Hurley, recalling how the shoot halted for the actor's rehab
Elizabeth Hurley has confessed that working with Mathew Perry was a "nightmare" for her. The actress stated in a recent interview with Yahoo Entertainment that working with Mathew on their 2002 romantic comedy 'Serving Sara' was a "nightmare" for her because he was at the height of his drug addiction at the time.
Eventhough she had many "fond memories" with him, they didn't get along well while they were filming 'Serving Sara'. “I have very fond memories of him. [But] to be honest, it was a nightmare working with him at that time and, as it’s now known, our movie was shut down because of his addiction.”
The model and actor explained that the movie was under a "force majeure" clause at the time, which exempts both parties from an obligation because of unforeseen circumstances beyond their control. “We were in a force majeure and had to all sit at home twiddling our thumbs for some time,” she noted and added that it was “rough.”
Hurley told that Mathew Perry, 53, was "fantastic" to work with when he returned from his two-month stay in rehab, despite the fact that they had to scrap all of their previously shot scenes. “It was tough, obviously he was having a tough time, but he was still very charming and a lovely person to work with. But you could see he was suffering for sure,” she added.
The actress complimented Mathew about his new memoir 'Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing' even though she had only read a few excerpts. “It’s quite interesting. He’s a very funny writer like he’s a very funny man. He’s an incredibly gifted comedian… his way with words is fantastic,” she said.
The former 'Friends' cast member opened up about his long battle with addiction in his memoir and claimed to be aware that Hurley and director Reginald Hudlin were "pissed" about the situation at the time. Additionally, he described how his character Chandler Bing ended the tenth season of Friends with those famous closing lines. At the end of the final episode, Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) asks the group if they want to go and get some coffee to which Chandler responds sarcastically, “Sure. Where?”