In a recent emotional disclosure, Hollywood icon George Clooney reflected on the late Matthew Perry's struggles with finding happiness during his tenure on the celebrated sitcom "Friends." Clooney, known for his multifaceted career in cinema and television, shared these insights in an exclusive interview with Deadline, published on December 19.
Clooney, 62, recounted his long-standing acquaintance with Perry, tracing back to their early days. "I knew Matt when he was 16 years old," he said, reminiscing about their times playing paddle tennis. He described Perry as an exceptionally humorous and vibrant young man.
The narrative took a poignant turn as Clooney delved into Perry's aspirations and subsequent disenchantment. Despite Perry's intense desire to be part of a sitcom, his landmark role as Chandler Bing in "Friends" (1994-2004) failed to fulfill him.
"He got on probably one of the best ever," Clooney remarked, referring to the acclaimed series. "He wasn't happy. It didn't bring him joy, happiness, or peace."
Perry's Hidden Struggles
Clooney's revelations highlight the stark contrast between Perry's on-screen persona and his off-screen struggles, particularly during their concurrent tenures at Warner Brothers.
The lack of joy and peace in Perry's life, despite his professional success, was a source of distress to those around him, including Clooney. Unbeknownst to Clooney at the time were Perry's profound battles with addiction, which the "Friends" star later revealed in his 2022 memoir, "Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing." Perry's daily struggles included a staggering intake of 12 Vicodin pills, among other challenges.
"I had no idea... all that heartbreaking stuff," Clooney admitted, underscoring the often overlooked reality that success and wealth do not necessarily equate to happiness. Tragically, Perry passed away in October due to the acute effects of ketamine, in what was described by the medical examiner as a drug and drowning-related accident.
Clooney's reflection on Perry's life brings to light the actor's desire to be remembered as someone who lived and loved well, and who was committed to helping others. This desire was poignantly expressed by Perry in a podcast interview last year, where he voiced his aspiration to be known as a seeker of well-being and a benefactor to those in need.