The Reason Matthew Perry Will Never Do a Friends’ Reunion

Posted 2017/07/03 0 0

Don’t count on the actor joining a Friends reboot anytime soon, or ever.


Many ’90s shows like Will & Grace and Twin Peaks are being revived but Matthew Perry has shut down the idea of a Friends reboot.

“I have this recurring nightmare – I’m not kidding about [Friends],” he told Variety in a recent interview. “When I’m asleep, I have this nightmare that we do Friends again and nobody cares.”

“We do a whole series, we come back, and nobody cares about it. So if anybody asks me, I’m gonna say ‘No.’ The thing is: We ended on such a high. We can’t beat it. Why would we go and do it again?” Perry said.

Perry, who starred on CBS’ “The Odd Couple” for three years post-“Friends,” is prepping to take the stage in an Off-Broadway show he wrote titled “The End of Longing,” which is a far cry from his sitcom roles. The play, which first debuted in the West End, tells the story of an alcoholic (Perry), an escort, a self-diagnosed neurotic and a well-intentioned dimwit whose paths keep crossing.

“No one’s going to write a part for me like this one. People still see me as Chandler, the goofy, sarcastic guy, and this is not that,” the 47-year-old explained. “I don’t think that anybody’s out there thinking, ‘I’ll write this for Perry,’ other than me. So I did that, and I think probably the next thing I do will be written by me, too. In the second half of my life, I don’t want to do your standard sitcom television. I want to do edgier, darker, dramatic stuff.”

That said, like the rest of the Friends cast, Perry recognizes that the iconic NBC sitcom catapulted him to the fame he enjoys today. The urge to try new things will always be there, but so, too, will the gratitude he feels for his big break.

“Everybody wants to do something different from what they’ve been doing,” Perry said. “I was just on a sitcom [The Odd Couple] for three years, so of course I want to do something different. I’ll probably just want to be in parades after this. But look, I was on a sitcom for 10 years, and it was the greatest. It gave me every opportunity I ever had. Even doing this play is happening because I was on that show.”