Whereas “Pals” made Matthew Perry a family identify and helped the actor amass a staggering internet value, the actor could not bear to look at himself on TV. Talking with Tom Energy, the “Studio 60 on the Sundown Strip” actor detailed the unhappy purpose he wasn’t a fan of the present. “I used to be taking 55 Vicodin in a day. I weighed 128 kilos. I used to be on ‘Pals’ getting watched by 30 million folks — that is why I am unable to watch the present as a result of I used to be, like, brutally skinny,” Perry candidly defined in the course of the reside interview. “I did not watch the present and have not watched the present as a result of I might go ‘consuming, opiates, consuming, cocaine. … I might inform season-by-season how I appeared.” He added, “Alcoholism didn’t care that I used to be on Pals.”
The actor ultimately bought sober, though he actually dropped a reasonably penny to assist make it occur. Throughout a 2022 interview with The New York Instances, he confessed, “I’ve most likely spent $9 million or one thing making an attempt to get sober.” On the time, Perry advised the outlet he had been drug and alcohol-free for 18 months.
Later in his dialog with Tom Energy, the actor mentioned the enduring attraction of “Pals” and shared that his perspective on watching the sitcom was starting to vary. “I feel I will begin to watch it as a result of it actually has been — to begin with, it was an unbelievable experience — however it’s been an unbelievable factor to look at it contact the hearts of various generations,” he shared, noting that the present has turn out to be “this necessary, important factor.”