Here's who Matthew Perry wants to play his younger self if memoir is ever turned into a movie
Matthew Perry's memoir, titled 'Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir', is now available in bookstores
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: 'Friends' star Matthew Perry released his memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir, on Tuesday, November 1. After the release, the actor turned up for a live stream of a Town Hall in New York City on Wednesday, November 2, and discussed who could play him if the book is adapted into a movie.
He said, "Well, Zac Efron did it once." Perry was referring to the 2009 film '17 Again', in which his character transports back into the body of his 17-year-old self, played by Efron. The actor added, "I would play me after the coma and after that horrible night, five months in the hospital, then I would take over the role, I guess," revealed Yahoo.com
The coma episode happened in 2018. Perry spent five months in the hospital recovering after his colon burst from opioid abuse. The 'Friends' actor went into a coma and was on life support for almost two weeks. "The doctors told my family that I had a 2 percent chance to live," the star revealed to People. Perry had 14 surgeries and used a colostomy bag for nine months, which left him "covered in my own s***," 50 to 60 times, according to his own estimate. The actor also claimed, "I was put on an ECMO machine, which does all the breathing for your heart and lungs. And that's called a Hail Mary. No one survives that."
According to Entertainment Weekly, during an interview on SiriusXM's Pop Culture Spotlight With Jessica Shaw, the actor also stated he recently wrote a script for a romantic comedy in which he originally intended to star. "I finished a screenplay that we're out with to some people. I want to direct that, I have a small part in it. I wrote it for myself and then realized I'm 20 years too old to play this. So we're trying to cast the leads now." When he offered the role to Efron, "He said no, so we've got to find someone who says yes," Perry explained.
He added, "That’ll be a whole new experience for me directing a movie, which, you know, I think I’ll be good at. I hope I’ll be good at. But that’s the - that’s the next thing is we’re, you know, I’m being offered acting jobs, and also we’re trying to cast this movie, so those are the things that are going on." Perry's memoir also uncovers some of the tough encounters of his life. As previously reported by MEAWW, the 'Friends' star revealed that he bought 100 Xanax pills when he went for the shoot of the film, 'The Whole Nine Yards.' This was to keep up with co-star Bruce Willis, with whom he 'desperately' wanted to be friends.
He claimed, "I may have been a man with a plan, but I was also ignoring the fact that this was a completely lethal combination." Perry also explained the partying culture at the set of the film. "At night, the parties raged under Bruce's disco ball in Club Z. Somehow, everyone still managed to show up at 6.00 am for work," he said. "I say 'somehow,' but I know how: those hundred Xanax worked like a charm. Though combined with my drinking they did tend to make my head resemble a Spalding Basketball. Meanwhile, Mr A-list Willis over there looked like he could open an envelope with his chin."