Actor Matthew Perry, who was loved by viewers for his role as Chandler Bing in the cult series "Friends", revealed that he is unable to watch old episodes of the American hit, and there is a reason behind everything. Years ago, the 53-year-old and his co-stars were the biggest stars on the planet, with millions of viewers tuning in to their adventures every day.
And now, more than a decade after the airing of the last episode, people all over the world enjoy its reruns, which unfortunately is not the case with Perry.
Struggle with addiction
The actor admitted that he can't bring himself to watch the series again, and behind it, all is his struggle with addiction, which almost cost him his life.
Speaking to the CBC, Perry said he "can't watch the show" because he can easily recognize what he was in and what he was taking in each of the seasons. “I didn’t watch the show, and haven’t watched the show, because I could go, drinking, opiates, drinking, cocaine,” he later added.
“I could tell season by season by how I looked. That’s why I don’t wanna watch it, because that’s what I see”. He also recalled some difficult moments after which he did not simply recover. “I was taking 55 Vicodin a day, I weighed 128 lbs, I was on Friends getting watched by 30 million people — and that’s why I can’t watch the show, ‘cause I was brutally thin',” he said.
“I had a rule that I would never drink or do drugs while working,” Matthew said. “Because I had too much respect for the five people I was working with. So I was never wasted while working”. Although he added: “The thing that always makes me cry...
is that it’s not fair. It’s not fair that I had to go through this disease while the other five didn’t.“ In a chat with CBC he said: “I think I’m gonna start to watch it, because it really has been an incredible thing to watch it touch the hearts of different generations”.