Friends, Lovers, and Terrible Events, published last week, is often written with unabashed candor after decades of trying to hide its troubles. “I’m an old addict against a wall,” said Perry, 53, sitting in his Tribeca hotel room three days after the official release of the memoir. “I have a side effect of depression.”
Book World: In Matthew Perry’s memoir, the need for fame leads to 65 rehab sessions
Perry began treatment at the age of 18, and was named and published the price tag.he shares Impotence, exploding colostomy bag, dumping Julia Roberts, making out with Valerie Bettinelli (nearby with her collapsing husband Eddie Van Halen), having a crush on Jennifer Aniston ( Jennifer Aniston) and an insatiable quest for fame that rivaled his appetite for pills and alcohol.
“My need for attention is never-ending, but it’s never the right kind of attention,” he said. “It didn’t work. It didn’t fix that hole in me, which surprised me.”
Perry looked tired, almost exhausted at 10am. The actor was on an intense, whirlwind media tour, and he was asked to recount the horrors almost hourly. How he almost died. A story that couldn’t be found in the three-scene film opposite Meryl Streep.
According to Publishers Weekly, his memoir had an initial print run of 1 million, second only to this season’s John Grisham. He’s back in the 1990s as a bold fixture in gossip columns.
However, given his near-death adventure, it’s only fair that Perry keeps telling what his tortuous history would have looked like. He wrote that his longest sobriety was two years, with several relapses. How long has it been this time? “I keep quiet,” he said. “It’s long enough that I feel safe writing this book.”
Perry’s candor kept making news. “It made me famous and people started talking about me again. It’s good because it hasn’t been like this in five or six years,” he said. “Sometimes I think I went through addiction, drinking and becoming famous all to do what I’m doing now, which is helping people.”
He remains amazed by “the scale of the book and the extent to which my face has resurfaced in the public eye,” he said. “Now, I’m everywhere. The paparazzi are back. The deals are coming. TV shows, movies.” He said a TV show was offered to him the day before, “but it wasn’t good enough.”
In “Friends, Lovers,” Perry writes that he spent $7 million on rehab in many of the world’s five-star centers. Now, he admits it’s more likely $9 million.
In Friends season 3 circa 1996-97, Perry shared that he took 55 Vicodin a day and dropped to 128 pounds. At his heaviest, drinking a quart of vodka a day, he gained 100 pounds. Perry abused drugs and alcohol every year of the decade of “Friends,” except in season 9, He pointed out that “The only person I’ve ever been nominated for an Emmy.” He received three other dramatic nods for his performances in “The West Wing” and “The Ron Clark Story.”
Perry was so obsessed on set that if his character — sarcastic, taut, sweater-clad Chandler Bing — needed to move from the couch to the table, “I had to make sure my hands were anything, so I didn’t shiver,” he said.
“I haven’t forgotten that Chandler grew faster than I did,” he wrote.
He said he never used pills and alcohol on set. But leave? continuously. “One thing is obvious,” said the “friend” Co-creator and executive producer David Crane in a phone interview. “Like any family, you only see it when you’re meant to see it. Success only makes everyone more of that. No matter what you’re doing, it intensifies your deal.”
Crane downloaded the memoir, but hadn’t read it: “I approached it with fear, knowing how painful it was.”
Perry is a member of an exclusive club of six, earning $1,100,040 per episode — but while indulging in addiction, he feels completely different from the rest of the stars. Aniston toured his dressing room to express the actors’ concerns.them Yes be there for him. Perry said he recalled thinking, “She did it well, but I’m going to drink it in 15 minutes.”
This book can be difficult to read at times, especially for those of friends and relatives who struggle with alcoholism and addiction.
Friends co-star Lisa Kudrow, who wrote the foreword to the memoir, said in a phone call from New Zealand: “I think it’s really very honest and cruel and brave. And, come to me Say, part of being so brave is letting you know what he’s been thinking about,” she said. “He’s really smart. We all know he’s really, really funny, but he can be very compassionate, rational and level-headed.”
The book was done without the help of ghost writers. Perry tapped the offer on his phone’s note-taking app, When sitting in the back seat of a car. “Writing it was easy, just spitting out the highs and lows of my life on paper,” he said.
“He was eager to tell the story himself, not to be guessed at,” said Megan Lynch, editor of Flatiron Books. “I never had to touch the sound. It was so loud, loud, clear.”
as details in memoir After the appearance, Perry had to publicly apologize to actor Keanu Reeves, who he refuted twice in the book, writing that Reeves ‘Still walking among us’ but River Phoenix and Chris Farley died young from drug overdose.
“A mistake. I realized it wasn’t a good thing,” said Perry, who repeatedly apologized. “I should have used my name. I just didn’t think of it.” Also, a The story he tells in the book about beating Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in elementary school may have been misremembered. “Right now, I don’t think I did it,” he said. Bertinelli came to TikTok “ashamed” as Perry recounted a date they had in their 20s.
This book Touring, especially theatrical events in New York, Princeton, and Washington, has proven therapeutic. “I’m more comfortable talking to 1,500 people than sitting on the couch watching TV,” he said. He hates being alone, even though he’s gotten better at it.Currently not in a relationship, Perry said he has terminated all his romantic relationships with one exception – Mostly actresses. “I was so fear-driven. I would end these relationships, there were five or six women out there that I would marry.” His “assistant/best friend” lives with him, he writes in the book. Why is he afraid of being alone? “I think I’m a little scared of what I think,” he said.
Perry is not a fan of the second A’s in Alcoholics Anonymous. He did not get accommodation. “It acts as a stigma. It’s a disease. Why do we hide it?” In Bill W’s “Big Book” on AA, “the point of his story is that these bad things kept happening to him, and then he Still keep drinking,” Perry said, holding a cup of coffee and a water bottle. “My story sounds like a Cinderella story. My story is much worse than Bill’s.”
Here’s what he wants to tell those dealing with addiction: “If it only took hard work and determination to get you sober, I would have been sober 20 years ago. It’s not about that. It’s about the spiritual connection. It’s It’s about opening up your mind and heart to be able to have a spiritual experience,” he said. “I freaked out a lot of people, a lot of people. About five people said ‘I’m done. I can’t watch this anymore. I’m done.’ I think I freaked them out and they could be gone forever.”
“The only thing that makes me limit my use and my drinking is that I have the greatest job in the world. I can’t blow this up. I can’t lose this job,” he said. Miraculously, he didn’t. “You can’t have a 17th glass when you’re making a million dollars a week. If I didn’t have that show, I’d probably be on the streets.”
In “Friends, Lovers”, Perry shares his Batman obsession. He moved frequently, but kept a bat room — he called it “Mattroom” — filled with superhero memorabilia. He jokingly referred to the assistant as “Alfred,” who in turn referred to Perry as “Mr. Wayne.” The actor bought a sprawling $20 million apartment, but he never felt like home Felt, because he thought it seemed like where Bruce Wayne would live.
“We’re all loners. We’re both rich. We both drive cool black cars,” said Perry, who owns an Aston Martin Vantage V8 sports car. “I don’t fight crime – but I occasionally save lives.”
He doesn’t watch “Friends,” although he did in a recent Diane Sawyer interview, which made him cry, “looking at this very thin, lost, scared man,” he said. “It was ugly to me because I was thinking, ‘Oh, I was watching Vicodin. Oh, I was drinking. But I should watch it because I think it cheers me up because it’s good And it’s fun.”
Now, years after “I fell off the map,” the actor’s proposal is back, and no one’s talking about Matthew Perry in a good way. Even a film version of the memoir is discussed. Perry would play himself later in life.
“Show business is an amazing thing. You can be nothing and get a big job and be huge again,” he said. He hopes this book is the road back. “I’m open to everything,” he said.
And then, just like that, Perry barely said goodbye to his chair and walked away, kind of like Batman.