Courteney Cox has claimed that Matthew Perry ‘struggled’ with an immense amount of pressure during the filming of the hit comedy show, Friends.
The Scream actress referenced her former co-star and how he would ‘freak out’ if one of his lines fell flat in the sitcom during an interview with The Sunday Times.
Chatting to the publication, Cox said: “That was a lot of pressure he put on himself. That’s a lot to think how much he relied on that for his own self-worth.”
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The 57-year-old added: “He’s just struggled for a while. I think he’s doing great now.”
Cox reunited with her former co-stars Perry, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow and Jennifer Aniston for the one-off Friends special, ‘The One Where They Get Back Together’, in 2021.
Many fans who watched the HBO reunion show said that they were concerned for Perry.
The 52-year-old, who has battled with prescription drugs and alcohol, appeared to slur his speech at some points in the episode.
At the time, one fan tweeted: “Although I loved the reunion, it was difficult watching Matthew Perry like this. He was talking with a slurred speech.
“Sad to see our beloved Chandler like this.”
Another added: “He sounded very slurred and mumbled, as if he was wearing dentures that didn’t fit. Very sad to see.”
These concerns were addressed by a source of Perry’s, who explained that his voice sounded different because he’d had an emergency dentist appointment that very same day.
The insider reportedly told The Sun: “That was said to impact his well-being and also how he was feeling.
“He had been in pain from what we understand, which caused the slurred speech.”
They added: “Obviously no one wants to film after a procedure, but it happened.
“The feeling was one of huge sympathy for Matthew, especially in recent days given how people have reacted online.”
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On November 1, Perry’s upcoming memoir is set to hit shelves and apparently, he’ll discuss ‘both good and bad’.
A source told Us Weekly: “He’ll delve into his addictions, of course, plus clear up rumours about his feelings for the Friends co-stars.
“It wasn’t always a bed of roses for Matthew on and off the Friends set. He’ll also discuss what it was like at the reunion, both good and bad.”
They added: “It’s not going to be salacious or mean, just totally honest. But given the nature of Matt’s life and his experiences, that guarantees this will be an incredibly juicy read!”
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