Matthew Perry: I was taking 55 Vicodin a day and weighed 58 kg
Matthew Perry, who recently published his memoirs, also admitted why he can’t watch “Friends” again – the series concreted him for the story. “Every season reminds me of just how much crap I’ve been through,” writes the Daily Mirror.
The actor who played Chandler Bing struggled with drug and alcohol addictions during his years on the show.
Even though Friends is such a big hit, Matthew said he finds it hard to watch the sitcom because it reminds him of his struggles.
“I didn’t watch it because I could feel the circle I was going around in again – drinking, opiates, drinking, cocaine,” he later added.
“I can tell from season to season what was going on by how I looked. That’s why I don’t want to watch it because that’s what I see. I was taking 55 Vicodin a day, I weighed 58 kg, I was on Friends, watched of 30 million people, but I can’t stand that I was brutally thin,” he says.
However, he had a rule – he never drank or used drugs while working, out of respect for his five colleagues. “I cry every time I think about it. I’ve been thinking: It’s not fair that I had to go through this disease while the other five didn’t,” he adds.
The series ended in 2004 after 10 years, in which the group of friends said goodbye to the audience as well as each other.
In his memoir, Matthew said how while everyone was sobbing at the finish, he was numb and felt nothing.
He admits he doesn’t know if the numbness was because of the heavy cocktail of drugs he was taking or because he was “generally dead inside”. He shared that he hopes to one day be healed enough to watch Friends because he knows the show has touched so many people.