Matthew Perry admits he had to beg Friends producers to get rid of one of his famous catchphrases that dragged on for almost six seasons.
The Friends star, 53, explained in his new book ‘Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing’ that the beloved phase – ‘could it be more annoying’ – was aggravating to him.
Perry revealed in his memoir the behind the scenes gossip along with some of his sexual encounters with celebrities and struggle with alcoholism.
The actor wasn’t shy to dish on his Friends pet peeves, especially the line that began to be ridiculed by Monica, Phoebe, Ross and Joey.
‘That particular cadence – could it be more annoying? – had been so played out that if I had to put the emphasis in the wrong place one more time, I thought I’d explode,’ Perry wrote in his book obtained by Variety.
The actor said he ‘had to beg the producers’ to remove the line from scripts.
Matthew Perry, 53, said he begged producers to remove one of his beloved phases from the Friends script. The phase – ‘could it be more annoying’ – was aggravating to him
The phase was notably used by Perry throughout the show but was adopted by other characters to mock him
The actor said he had to beg for the line to be removed and began saying lines normally for during season six
To halt his once beloved lines being said at the wrong time or in the wrong spots, Perry stopped putting an emphasis on his lines.
‘I just went back to saying lines normally, for the most part in season six and then beyond,’ Perry wrote.
Perry has been candid about the details in his book and appeared earlier this week on Good Morning America to promote the memoir and discuss how he kept his drug and alcohol addiction a secret from his Friends co-stars for years.
The actor said the addiction had him drinking a quarter bottle of vodka a day and taking 55 Vicodin, methadone and Xanax.
He added that while writing the book was easy, reading it back became a painful process for him.
‘It was a gratifying experience to write the book, it all just poured out of me. It came easily to me to write it but then I had to read it for the Audible part of it and that was really hard.
‘Reading and it sort of disassociating a bit… thinking “God, what a terrible, hard life this guy has had and realizing, I’m talking about myself.
‘I felt very sorry for that person because I know what was going on in his head and it all had to be a secret. I was on a show that a lot of people were watching and trying not to have a lot of people know that,’ he said.
Perry said earlier this week that he kept his addiction from his costars for years. He said that they will find out more when they read his book
Perry at the height of his Friends fame. He previously said how viewers could ‘track’ his addiction with his weight: ‘When I’m carrying weight, it’s alcohol. When I’m skinny, it’s pills’
Perry revealed the details of his past in his new book – Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing
Perry appeared on Tuesday on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and reflected on giving up a film role with Meryl Steep due to his addiction.
The actor was asked by Colbert, 57, what happened to him instead of filming opposite Streep, 73, in the 2021 Adam McKay film Don’t Look Up.
‘I got CPR and the guy who saved my life broke eight ribs in the process,’ Perry said.
‘May I ask why you were getting CPR?,’ Colbert asked.
‘They were doing a procedure because I had pain in my stomach and they gave me propofol …and my heart stopped for five minutes,’ said Perry referencing the anesthetic used for surgery.
‘So you were legally dead for five minutes?,’ Colbert asked.
‘Well, no, I didn’t flatline, but my heart did stop for five minutes,’ Perry said.
Perry said he woke up in a different hospital 10 hours later.
‘I had to give up the biggest movie I’d ever gotten. I had four scenes with Meryl Streep,’ Perry said.
Perry appeared on Tuesday on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and reflected on giving up a film role with Meryl Steep due to his addiction
The 272-page memoir from publisher Flatiron Books details the actor’s struggle with addiction to alcohol and pills while also starring as Chandler Bing in the NBC sitcom Friends.
Perry revealed he spent around $9million trying to get sober and recently celebrated 18 months of sobriety after going to rehab about 15 times.
He also shared his failed attempt to lose his virginity to ex-girlfriend Tricia Fisher and how alcoholism impacted his sex life in the memoir.
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