The light at the end of the tunnel. for years, Matthew Perry made the fans laugh. Best known for his role as Chandler Bing in friendswhich aired from 1994 to 2004, Perry has never shied away from speaking openly about his struggles.
“When [fame] happens, it’s like Disneyland for a while. It took me about eight months, this feeling ‘I’ve done it, I’m thrilled, there’s no problem in the world.’ And then you realize it’s not doing anything, it’s certainly not filling gaps in your life,” he said The New York Times in 2002, a year after he got sober. “I didn’t get sober because I felt like it. I got sober because I was worried I was going to die the next day.”
He noted in profile that he was somewhat similar to Chandler in that he too tried to hide behind the jokes. “It’s no coincidence that Chandler is a guy who tries to quell his own human feelings with laughter. I’ve been doing that for years,” Perry explained. “I tried to portray myself as a prankster, like hanging out with me was like a vacation. But that could only get me so far.”
That Whole nine yards The actor’s addiction began after a jet ski accident in 1997, when he became addicted to Vicodin. This eventually led to alcohol abuse – so much so that he often ended up with hangovers at work.
“I had this weird rule that I would never drink on set,” he said serve Sarah said Stern. “But I have gone to work on extreme cases of hangovers. It’s so awful to feel like this and still have to work and have fun.”
In 2000, he was hospitalized with pancreatitis due to alcohol abuse. That west wing Alum recalled often shaking and sweating on set afterwards while detoxing. The season six finale, “The One with the Proposal,” aired in May 2000. The season seven premiere, The One With Monica’s Thunder, aired five months later. However, the storyline picked up steam on the same day, leading to fans noticing how much Perry’s appearance had changed during the hiatus.
Although he finally asked for help over the next year, he still had a long road to recovery. Scroll down for the full timeline:
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