Matthew Perry death: ‘devastated’ stars remember Friends actor after apparent drowning
The 54-year-old actor, beloved for his performance in the hit sitcom as the sarcastic Chandler Bing, was found dead in an apparent drowning, his representative told press. A Los Angeles fire department spokesperson confirmed first responders were called to Perry’s home in Pacific Palisades about a “water emergency”.
Maggie Wheeler, who played Chandler’s girlfriend Janice in Friends, said the joy Perry brought to “so many” in his “too short lifetime will live on”.
“I feel so very blessed by every creative moment we shared,” she wrote on Instagram.
Morgan Fairchild, who played Chandler’s mother Nora Bing, said: “I’m heartbroken about the untimely death of my ‘son’ … The loss of such a brilliant young actor is a shock.”
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, who knew Perry as a boy when Perry’s mother worked as an aide to his father, Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau, described his death was “shocking and saddening.”
“I’ll never forget the schoolyard games we used to play, and I know people around the world are never going to forget the joy he brought them. Thanks for all the laughs, Matthew. You were loved – and you will be missed,” he said.
The actor Wendell Pierce, who starred alongside Perry in the remake of The Odd Couple, wrote on X: “Damn. For two years Matthew Perry was my boss, my colleague, and a giving, kind, funny man. I pray and hope he is at peace.”
The actor Selma Blair wrote on Instagram that Perry was “my oldest boy friend”.
“All of us loved Matthew Perry, and I did especially. Every day,” Blair wrote. “I loved him unconditionally. And he me. And I’m broken. Broken hearted. Sweet dreams Matty. Sweet dreams.”
Mira Sorvino, who starred with Perry in the 1994 movie Parallel Lives, wrote on X: “Oh no!!! Matthew Perry!! You sweet, troubled soul!! May you find peace and happiness in Heaven, making everyone laugh with your singular wit!!!”
Actor Paget Brewster, who played Chandler’s girlfriend Kathy in season four of Friends, wrote on X: “He was lovely to me on Friends and every time I saw him in the decades after. Please read his book. It was his legacy to help. He won’t rest in peace though. He’s already too busy making everyone laugh up there.”
n November of 2022, the star released a memoir entitled Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, looking back on his lengthy career in TV and movies as well as the ups and downs of his life.
“I’m an extremely grateful guy. I’m grateful to be alive, that’s for sure,”. “And that gives me the possibility to do anything.”
In 1994, Perry landed the role of Chandler Bing on Friends, earning an Emmy nod for his work in 2002.
The cast of Friends had chemistry that could not be duplicated. The show started on NBC in the fall of 1994, and would go on for 10 seasons, airing its last episode in early May of 2004. Despite the show ending almost two decades ago, fans are still discussing what the future might’ve looked like for the characters of the show, and the possibility of more from the sitcom.
It only makes sense for fans to feel this way, everyone wanted to know what the future might’ve looked like for Ross and Rachel. The two had undeniable chemistry, and whoever got in their way was in for rough ride. That was the case for guest-star Lauren Tom, who actually got booed during tapings for coming in the way of Ross and Rachel.
In the following, we’re going to take a closer look at what the plans were like for a possible movie. Although fans seem to think that the cast nixed the plans, that wasn’t the case. We’ll reveal what Lisa Kudrown and Jennifer Aniston said about a possible film, and why it was rejected by those behind the scenes.
The Cast Of Friends Shared Their Thoughts On What Would’ve Happened To Their Characters
The cast of Friends made some bold predictions as to what the future might look like. According to Lisa Kudrow, Phoebe would be starting a family with Mike, and they would be doing things a little differently with their family.
“Phoebe’s married to Mike [Paul Rudd], they’re probably in Connecticut, they have kids, and I think she was the advocate for her kids who were a little different and all the other kids who were just a little different, creating the arts program, the music thing, all that.”
As for Rachel, she would also be living the family life alongside Ross. Aniston revealed, “You still played with bones,” she added. “That’s paleontology.”
As for the others, Monica would be just as intense and competitive, while her children would be overachievers. Joey would be enjoying life himself as the owner of his own sandwich shop.
Fans would’ve loved to see these stories unfold on-screen, however, there was a big hurdle the show could not get over to put out a film.
Jennifer Aniston And Lisa Kudrow Were Open To A Movie But Creators Marta Kauffman And David Crane Didn’t Want To Touch It
Jennifer Aniston admitted that the interest in a film was very real behind the scenes, especially among the cast who wanted to please its massive fanbase. However, Aniston would reveal that it was the producers who nixed these plans.
“Our producers wouldn’t want it, wouldn’t let us,” she told the publication. “Look, it’s not been without our desire to, because our fans have wanted it so much.”
Lisa Kudrow was also asked about the possible movie or extra episode. Kudrow stated that the creators didn’t want to re-up the stories, given how perfect the endings were on the show.
“That’s all up to [creators] Marta [Kauffman] and David [Crane], and I once heard them say — and I completely agree — that they ended the show very nicely, everyone’s lives are very nice, and they would have to unravel all those good things in order for there to be stories. I don’t want anyone’s happy ending unraveled. Also, at my age, to say ‘floopy,’ stop, you have to grow up.”
It seems like fans of the series will get there fix of the show by watching reruns and the countless hours on behind the scenes footage, including the many bloopers from the show’s decade long run.
The Friends: Reunion Took Place, But According To Courteney Cox, It Will Be The Last One Ever
The Friends: Reunion was watched by millions of fans. Although it wasn’t the episode or film fans were hoping for, it was still great to go back in time and see how it all began and progressed throughout the ten years.
Some fans were hopeful that this sort of reunion can be an ongoing one every so often. However, Courteney Cox was quick to shut those rumors down, claiming that it was a one time ordeal.
“Honestly, this will really make me cry, but this will be the last time that we’re ever asked about the show as a group that we will do this,” she said. “Like, we’re not going to do this [again] in 15 more years.”
On the bright side, Cox revealed that the cast wouldn’t wait as long to have dinner and enjoy time together away from the camera. Most of the cast remains very close and that should not come as a surprise given their great chemistry for many seasons.