Saturday 24 March 2018

Matthew Perry rules out Friends reunion

Matthew Perry, who played Chandler Bing in Friends, has ruled out a return to the much-loved sitcom
Matthew Perry, who played Chandler Bing in Friends, has ruled out a return to the much-loved sitcom

Matthew Perry has said he would not want to take part in a Friends reunion because it would "ruin" the sitcom's ending.

Perry starred as Chandler Bing in US comedy Friends, which ended in 2004 after a decade-long run.

Asked by TV presenter Phillip Schofield on ITV's This Morning about the idea of returning to the show having "left it so beautifully", the actor said there had been no "real talk" of reviving the show.

He said: " That's the concern about doing a reunion show, or a movie, because it ended so well, and you don't want to ruin that.

"Everyone always asks about a reunion, and there's been no real talk of that."

Perry, 46, was the only one of the main cast who did not attend the cast reunion aired in February as a tribute to director James Burrows.

The programme saw Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer back together to reminisce about their time starring in Friends.

Perry was absent as he was rehearsing for his play The End of Longing in London, but sent a message via video link.

In 2013, he joked in a The Hollywood Reporter round table that Friends was so laid back to shoot he wanted to go back in a time machine and say: "Let's not stop."

Asked about the time machine idea, Perry told This Morning co-host Holly Willoughby that he wished it had run for longer.

" It was such a great job, we all loved each other so much, and we all had such a wonderful time that subsequent jobs have been harder to do than that one," he said.

"So, yeah. I guess it would be nice to go back and do more, because it was just so much fun."

Schofield also revealed he made a brief appearance in Friends when he was part of the live audience.

"One of my greatest claims to fame is the fact that I am in Friends," he said.

"I am! I am - my laugh is in Friends. It's only very brief ... I was terrified you were going to re-shoot the scene and then I'd have to do it again. I didn't do it on purpose, it just happened. So my 'Ha!' is at the end of this scene."

Perry was unimpressed, responding: "We have to talk about how much free time you have."

The actor is currently starring in The End of Longing at the Playhouse Theatre in London.

He will then return to the US to shoot The Kennedys: After Camelot, where he will star as Ted Kennedy alongside Katie Holmes's Jackie Kennedy.

Press Association

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