Matthew Perry revealed that he had to undergo “emergency dental surgery” days before filming “Friends” meeting last April.
“They did all kinds of things,” the 53-year-old actor told Diane Sawyer during a session broadcast Friday on ABC’s “Nightline,” adding that the action “made [his] The mouth feels like fire.”
At the time, Perry’s faltering speech and staring for a thousand yards left fans worried about his safety.
He admitted that he “looked like my voice was locked”, but he knew he “couldn’t attend”.
“So I chose to do is to go and do my best,” he told the longtime interviewer, who noted “the wear and tear on his voice and speech.”
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Perry recently revealed that he’s been clean of all material for the past 18 months, which means he was modern sober by the time the highly anticipated May 2021 reunion aired.
The “Whole Nine Yards” star spoke to Sawyer ahead of the November 1 release of his book “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir,” the contents of which he detailed in several recent interviews.
One of the many bombs he discussed was the fact that his front teeth fell out while he was nibbling peanut butter on toast, which is why he had to replace them all.
During his interview with Sawyer, Sometimes Berry was in tears, Berry detailed the time “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston came to his trailer to interfere, saying the cast might smell booze on him.
He admitted that there were times when his co-stars had to “support [him] up” and that the producers confronted him about his addiction as well.
He told Perry Sawyer, 76, that he attended somewhere about 6,000 AA meetings, has been in therapy for 30 years, has spent half his life in therapy or in sober living homes, and has been detoxing about 65 times.
Earlier this month, the actor revealed that he came eerily close to death in 2018 when his colon burst due to overuse of opioids.
At the time, Berry publicly claimed he had suffered a “perforation in his GI tract,” but in fact spent five months in the hospital – including two weeks in a coma – and had to use a colostomy bag for nine months.
“Doctors tell my family that I have a 2 percent chance of living,” he told People magazine in an October 19 story. lungs. This is called Peace be upon you, Mary. Nobody survives that.”
Perry also told the outlet that he was one of five people who were hooked up to life support that night and that the “other four” were unsuccessful.
The Emmy winner – who has been rehabilitated 15 times – explained that the scars from the dozens of gastric surgeries he’s had are “so many reminders to stay sober”.
He added that his therapist also helped him kick his addiction when they told him, “The next time you think about taking Oxycontin, just think about getting a colostomy bag for the rest of your life.”
The “Fools Rush In” star said the note prompted him to open a “small window” and that he “crawled through.”
Speaking to the New York Times shortly after his conversation with People, Perry estimated he had “spent $9 million or something trying to get sober.”
During the same interview, the actor pondered how his “stressful” addiction to drugs and alcohol took over his life at the height of his long career in Friends.
At one point, Perry “was waking up and had to get 55 Vicodin that day and figure out how to do it.”
“When you’re addicted to drugs, it’s all my math,” he said. “I wasn’t doing it to feel good or to feel good…I just wanted to sit on my couch, take Five Vicodin and watch a movie. That was heaven for me. Not anymore.”
He told The Times he started drinking beer and wine when he was 14, which was turned into a blend of vodka by Quart, Vicodin, Xanax and OxyContin. He said he drew the line at heroin.
Perry wrote in his memoirs that immediately after “Friends” character Chandler Bing married Monica Geller (Courtney Cox) during the season seven finale, which aired in 2001, he “was sent back to the treatment center…in a pickup truck driven by a sober technician.” “.
He admits that fans of the show can actually tell what medications he’s been taking by tracking his “weight from season to season.”
The actor also reveals that he had to walk out of the 2021 movie, Don’t Look Up, after his heart stopped “for five minutes” in the middle of back surgery because his anesthetics had combined with hydrocodone that was still in his system from the night before.
He said he is currently taking Suboxone — a drug that treats opioid withdrawal — and will take it for the rest of his life.
Perry told GQ in an interview published Thursday that he doesn’t expect his fellow “Friends”—with the exception of Lisa Kudrow, who wrote the introduction—to read his book because he believes only in “addicts…and fans of ‘Friends’ would care.”
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