- Revelations from Matthew Perry’s book.
- He touches on his relationship with Julia Roberts.
- The consequences of his substance abuse.
Following Matthew Perry’s sudden death on Saturday, October 28, the actor’s name is once again on everyone’s lips.
Just over a year ago, he released his book Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing.
In this book, the actor known for playing Chandler Bing on Friends discusses, among other things, some of his relationships with famous women.
He also talked about his addiction to alcohol and painkillers that came close to costing him his life on several occasions.
1. Matthew Perry thought he was impotent
One of the revelations in Matthew Perry’s book that garnered the most attention is that he believed he was impotent.
His fans didn’t expect the actor to say that he started drinking alcohol when he was just 14 years old.
Months later, at the age of 15, he was unable to consummate his first relationship due to a combination of anxiety and alcohol consumption.
«Sex sounded awfully fun, but it was not in my arsenal. It meant in my mind, and in the pants at least, that I was born impotent..»
2. His failed Relationship with Julia Roberts
Certainly, few expected that Matthew Perry’s book would touch on his failed relationship with actress Julia Roberts.
«She was the biggest movie star in the world, and I was on the number one TV show,» the actor commented.
Perry confessed that dating the Pretty Woman star was too much for him.
«I was not enough; I could never be enough; I was broken, bent, unlovable… So instead of facing the inevitable agony of losing her, I broke up with the beautiful and brilliant Julia Roberts,» he said.
3. Perry’s struggles with alcohol
Another revelation that Matthew Perry made in his book was that he was drinking for duration of his time on Friends.
With the success of the series, his leap to movies wasn’t even a question. During the filming of the movie Serving Sara, he was drinking a bottle of vodka a day.
Furthermore, he was also taking opioids. Midway through filming, he was admitted to a rehabilitation center.
«Every day I would arrive on set, pass out in my chair, wake up to do a scene and stumble on the set,» the actor shared.
4. Matthew Perry came close to death on multiple occasions
As we near the end of the revelations in Matthew Perry’s book, we share one of the most shocking ones.
It turns out that when the actor was 49 years old, his colon burst due to excessive opioid use.
Furthermore, he was in a coma for two weeks, spent five months in a hospital and used a colostomy bag for nine months.
At the time, his family was told he had only a two percent chance of survival. Two years later, his heart stopped beating for five minutes.
5. Matthew Perry’s Friends co-stars knew about his struggles
The actress, who portrayed Rachel Green on Friends, told him she knew he was drinking and that she and the others «could smell it.»
In addition, Perry gave his fans several hints so they could tell what was going on behind the scenes.
«When I’m carrying weight, it’s alcohol; when I’m skinny, it’s pills; when I have a goatee, it’s a lot of pills,» he stated.