Tuesday, June 1st, 2021
Great concern after “Reunion”
Director reassures Matthew Perry’s fans
The long-awaited “Friends” reunion took place last Thursday. The fans notice the unclear pronunciation of Matthew Perry, who has struggled with alcohol and drug problems in the past. But director Winston has now given the all-clear.
Matthew Perry’s health continues to preoccupy fans. After the broadcast of the big “Friends” reunion, many expressed concern for the actor. The background is, among other things, the rather unclear pronunciation with which Perry drew attention in the special of the cult series. Ben Winston, director and producer of the Reunion, has now backed the actor.
“I loved working with him. He’s a brilliant, funny man, and he’s had some great scenes,” enthuses Winston on The Hollywood Reporter’s “TV’s Top 5” podcast. It was an honor for him to be able to “guide” Perry.
Perry has struggled with his alcohol and drug addiction time and again in the past and was open about it. In a BBC interview in 2016, he admitted: “I can’t remember three years, somewhere between season 3 and season 6 I was a little signed off.” In the “Friends” reunion, the actor explained how difficult it was to shoot the cult series. “When the audience wasn’t laughing, it felt like I was dying to me.”
“Stronger and fitter”
“He seems to be stronger and fitter since the last time I saw him”, “Friends” producer Kevin Bright dispelled the concerns of fans in an interview with “The Hollywood Reporter”. “I spoke to him. It was great to see him again (…) I think he’s very funny on the show. I think he’s fine.” Most recently, an insider told The Sun that dental surgery caused Perry’s unclear pronunciation. Accordingly, he had pain during the shoot.
The big “Friends” reunion premiered last week on HBO Max and can be streamed in Germany on Sky. In the 105-minute special, the main characters of the series come together and remember the old days. Star guests such as Justin Bieber, Cara Delevingne and Lady Gaga are also represented at the TV spectacle.