'Why would they read it?' Matthew Perry says his 'Friends' co-stars won't 'care' much about his memoir
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Matthew Perry who has written his memoir 'Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing', believes that his 'Friends' co-stars are unlikely to read his book. The 53-year-old actor talks about his struggle with substance abuse and how he nearly died due to it. Famous for playing Chandler Bing in the sitcom 'Friends', Perry was a heavy drinker and was addicted at the early age of 24.
In his interview with GQ, Perry said that he thinks not many of his former co-stars have read the memoir and it is unlikely they will ever do so. "Nor do I think that they will. Why would they read it? I don't know. Because, you know, who cares? Addicts are going to care about this, and fans of Friends are going to care about this. But the cast is not going to really care about this," he revealed.
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Perry shared that one cast member who definitely read the book was Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe in the hit series, and has even written an introduction to the memoir, where she penned, "the first time I'm hearing what living with and surviving his addiction really was," reported People. The '17 Again' actor has also shared how supportive the cast members were throughout his struggle in a recent interview with People. "They were understanding, and they were patient," he said. He used an analogy and shared, "It's like penguins. In nature, when one is sick or very injured, the other penguins surround it and prop it up and walk around until that penguin can walk on its own. And that's kind of what the cast did for me."
The 'Three to Tango' star gave an interview with ABC newswoman Diane Sawyer, where he talked about how it was Jennifer Aniston who was the first to confront him about his drinking problem. Sawyer brought up one extract from the book and asked Perry, "Jennifer, she says, 'We know you're drinking.'" To which he responded, "Yeah, imagine how scary a moment that was." "She was the one that reached out the most. You know, I'm really grateful to her for that," Perry told Sawyer.
The memoir, which is set to release on November 1, has left many surprised because of his dig at actor Keanu Reeves. “The list of geniuses who were ahead of their time is too long to detail here — suffice to say, near the top of any such list should be my costar in ‘A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon,’ River Phoenix,” Perry wrote. He continued, “River was a beautiful man, inside and out — too beautiful for this world, it turned out. It always seems to be the really talented guys who go down. Why is it that the original thinkers like River Phoenix and Heath Ledger die, but Keanu Reeves still walks among us? River was a better actor than me; I was funnier. But I certainly held my own in our scenes — no small feat, when I look back decades later.”
Perry later apologized and said he is a big fan of Reeves, and didn't mean to hurt anyone.