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‘At one point I was shaking so much’: FRIENDS Star Matthew Perry Used to Tremble So Badly from Drug Addiction He Couldn’t Even Walk Straight on Set

Matthew Perry is one of the fan-favorite stars who is globally recognized for his portrayal of Chandler Bing in the American sitcom series, FRIENDS. After making his name in the Hollywood industry, he went on to share his eye-opening life events through his memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing. 

Matthew Perry
American-Canadian star, Matthew Perry

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After living a life full of complications, he has always been candid about his drug and alcohol addiction which at some point became life-threatening. In a recent conversation with CBC, the actor went on to share some of the life struggles he faced in real life.

Matthew Perry Recalled Having to Work in Extreme Hangover

Matthew Perry
FRIENDS star Matthew Perry

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The 53-year-old actor in his upcoming memoir, called Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing shares coming out with addiction which opens with the revelation that he almost died a few years ago at age 49.

After diving more into the deep struggles of drug and alcohol addiction, Matthew Perry revealed that he would never have substance or alcohol consumption while working on the set.

For the unversed, he was already addicted to substances and drugs at the age of 24 when he was cast for the popular sitcom series.

“I had a rule that I would never drink or do drugs while working. Because I had too much respect for the five people I was working with. So, I was never wasted while working.” 

Even though his resolution was strong, it never hindered him in shooting even if it would mean he would work after heavy consumption. In the interview, he recalled going to work “extremely hungover.”

“At one point I was shaking so much that if I was gonna go from the bookshelf to the table, I’d have to quickly do it and put my hand on the table so I wouldn’t shake. It got that bad.”

Even after going through a lot, he overcame his addiction. However, he shared the reason why he would not want to rewatch the famous series.

Matthew Perry Can’t Watch His FRIENDS Show!

Friends Cast
Friends Cast including Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer,  Courteney Cox, and Matt LeBlanc

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The Friends alum shared in the same interview that he “can’t watch the show back” because he would be reminded of what substance he was taking in which seasons. 

After being addicted to substances, his condition was quite worsened which affected his physical appearance. His change in appearance was clearly visible in the series, which is the very reason behind his not wanting to re-watch the show.

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 shared.

The actor’s new memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir is available in bookstores.

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Priya Sharma
Priya Sharma

Priya Sharma is an entertainment niche content writer at Animated Times. A Journalism and Mass Communication graduate from the University of Lucknow, she has written nearly 1000 articles on Animated Times and Fandomwire combined and holds experience in event management too. She has a healthy(?) obsession with the Hallyu culture and is also exploring anime as well. When not working, she indulges herself in binge-watching K-dramas, playing Ukulele, and trying to seek the attention of her cute buddy, Shiro.

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