Tom Selleck Lauds Matthew Perry's Talent on 'Friends'



by ZAIN UL ABEDIN

Tom Selleck Lauds Matthew Perry's Talent on 'Friends'
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In a recent interview, Tom Selleck fondly remembered his time on the set of the iconic TV show 'Friends', particularly his interactions with the late Matthew Perry. Speaking with USA TODAY, the esteemed actor, known for his role in 'Magnum P.I.'

, delved into his experiences during the show's second season, reflecting on the unique dynamics and talents of the cast. Selleck, who portrayed Richard, a love interest of Monica (played by Courteney Cox), shared a memorable instance where he grappled with delivering a line in the distinctive style of Chandler Bing, Matthew Perry's character.

"Matthew had this speech pattern that I hadn't been aware of," Selleck recounted. He remembered how Perry guided him, emphasizing the humor in the dialogue. "It's a joke, Tom," Perry would say, helping Selleck grasp the essence of the line.

Selleck admired Perry's patience and willingness to repeat his lines, showcasing his distinctive style that became a hallmark of the character Chandler.

Selleck's Perry Tribute

In a heartfelt tribute to Perry, Selleck expressed his admiration for the actor's innate talent.

"He was raw talent," Selleck reflected, acknowledging Perry's standout abilities in a cast brimming with talent. "Matthew's gone, so it's easy to say this, but it's true," he added, emphasizing the genuineness of his sentiment.

Selleck also opened up about his connection with Matthew Perry's father, John Bennett Perry, a fellow actor. This relationship, he explained, helped him build rapport with the 'Friends' cast, especially Matthew. Every day on set, Selleck would inquire about John, leading to warm conversations with Matthew.

"Everybody couldn't have been nicer to me," Selleck said, highlighting the welcoming atmosphere on set. He reminisced about his early days in acting when he and John Bennett Perry would often cross paths, leading to a lasting friendship.

This interview not only sheds light on the behind-the-scenes dynamics of 'Friends' but also offers a touching glimpse into the relationships and connections that transcend the screen. Selleck's reflections provide a heartfelt homage to the late Matthew Perry, whose talent and character left an indelible mark on his colleagues and fans alike.

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