Matthew Perry revealed he had to undergo “emergency dental surgery” days before filming a Friends reunion last April.
“They did all kinds of things,” the actor, 53, told Diane Sawyer during a sit-down that aired Friday on ABC’s “Nightline,” adding that the procedure “made [his] the mouth is like fire.”
At the time, Perry’s slurred speech and thousand-meter stare caused fans to worry about his well-being.
“It sounded like my voice was off,” he acknowledged, but he knew he “couldn’t show himself.”
“So what I decided to do was just go and do the best I could,” he told a longtime interviewer who noticed “the wear and tear on his voice and his speech.”
“I’m breaking up with them because I’m deathly afraid that . . .
Perry recently revealed that he has been clean of all substances for the past 18 months, meaning he will be newly sober by the time the highly anticipated reunion airs in May 2021.
The “Whole Nine Yards” star spoke with Sawyer ahead of the Nov. 1 release of his narrative, “Friends, Lovers and the Big Awful Thing: A Memoir,” the content of which he has detailed in several recent interviews.
One of the many bombshells he talked about is the fact that his front teeth fell out while biting into peanut butter on toast, so he had to replace them all.
During the interview with Sawyer, who was brought to tears at some points, Perry elaborated on the time his “Friends” co-star Jennifer Aniston came to his trailer to intervene and said the cast could smell the booze on him.
He admitted that there were times when his teammates had to “support each other [him] up’ and that the producers also confronted him about his addictions.
Perry told Sawyer, 76, that he’s attended somewhere around 6,000 AA meetings, been in treatment for 30 years, spent half his life in treatment or sober homes and been to detox about 65 times.
Earlier this month, the actor revealed he came terrifyingly “close to death” in 2018 when his colon ruptured from an opioid overdose.
At the time, Perry publicly claimed to have suffered a “gastrointestinal perforation”, but in reality he spent five months in hospital – including two weeks in a coma – and had to use a colostomy bag for nine months.
“Doctors told my family I had a two percent chance of living,” he told People in a story published Oct. 19. lung. And that’s called a Hail Mary. No one will survive.”
Perry also told the paper that he was one of five people put on life support that night and that “the other four” did not make it.
The Emmy winner – who has been to rehab a total of 15 times – explained that the scars from his dozens of stomach surgeries are “a lot of 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 having a colostomy bag for the rest of your life.”
The “Fools Rush In” star said the remark caused a “little window” to open and he “climbed through it.”
In an interview with the New York Times shortly after his chat with People, Perry estimated that he “spent $9 million or something trying to get sober.”
During the same interview, the actor reflected on how his decades-long and “debilitating” addiction to drugs and alcohol took over his life at the height of his long career on “Friends.”
At one point, Perry would “wake up and have to get 55 Vicodins that day and figure out how to do it.”
“When you’re a drug addict, it’s all math,” he said. “I wasn’t doing it to feel high or to feel good … I just wanted to sit on the couch, take five Vicodins and watch a movie.” That was heaven for me. Is no longer.”
He told the Times he started drinking beer and wine when he was 14, which spiraled into a combination of pints of vodka, Vicodin, Xanax and OxyContin. He said he drew the line at heroin.
In his memoir, Perry writes that immediately after his “Friends” character Chandler Bing married Monica Geller (Courteney Cox) during the Season 7 finale, which aired in 2001, he was “taken back to the treatment facility… in a pickup truck. guided by a sober technician.’
He admits that fans of the show can actually tell what drugs he’s been taking by tracking his “weight from season to season.”
The actor also revealed that he had to leave the 2021 film “Don’t Look Up” after his heart stopped “for five minutes” in the middle of back surgery because his anesthetic drugs combined with the hydrocodone he still had in his system. the night before.
He writes that he is currently on Suboxone – a drug that treats withdrawal symptoms – and will be on it for the rest of his life.
Perry told GQ in an interview published Thursday that he doesn’t expect his “Friends” co-stars — with the exception of Lisa Kudrow, who wrote the foreword — to read his book because he only believes “addicts … and “Friends” fans.” “I’ll take care of it.
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