Matthew Perry underwent ’emergency’ surgery days before ‘Friends’ reunion

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Matthew Perry revealed that he had to undergo “emergency dental surgery” days before filming the “Friends” reunion last April.

“They did all kinds of things,” the 53-year-old actor told Diane Sawyer during a meeting that aired Friday on ABC’s “Nightline,” adding that the procedure “made [his] mouth feels like fire.”

At the time, Perry’s slurred speech and thousand-yard stare left fans concerned for her well-being.

“It seemed that my voice was off,” he acknowledged, but he knew that “he could not not appear.”

“So what I chose to do was go and do the best I could,” he told the longtime interviewer, who noted the “wear and tear on his voice and speech.”

Matthew Perry told Diane Sawyer on Friday that he had to undergo “emergency dental surgery” days before filming the 2021 “Friends” reunion.

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Matthew Perry told Diane Sawyer on Friday that he had to undergo “emergency dental surgery” days before filming the 2021 “Friends” reunion.

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Perry recently revealed that he has been clean of all substances for the past 18 months, meaning he was back sober when the highly anticipated reunion aired in May 2021.

The “Whole Nine Yards” star spoke with Sawyer ahead of the November 1 release of his short story “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir,” the contents of which he has detailed in several recent interviews.

One of the many surprises he has discussed is the fact that his front teeth fell out while biting into peanut butter on toast, which is why he had to replace them all.

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Sawyer noted the “wear and tear on his voice and speech.”
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During his interview with Sawyer, which at times turned to tears, Perry explained the moment his “Friends” co-star, Jennifer Aniston, came to his trailer to intervene, saying the cast could smell alcohol on him.

He admitted that there were times when his co-stars had to “support [him] up” and that the producers also confronted him about his addictions.

Perry told the 76-year-old Sawyer that he has attended some 6,000 AA meetings, been in therapy for 30 years, spent half his life in treatment or sober houses and has been in detox roughly 65 times. .

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Earlier this month, Perry revealed that he nearly died in 2018 when his colon burst from overuse of opioids.
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Earlier this month, the actor revealed that he came terrifyingly “close to death” in 2018 when his colon burst from overuse of opioids.

At the time, Perry publicly claimed that she had suffered a “gastrointestinal perforation”, but actually spent five months in hospital, including two weeks in a coma, and had to wear a colostomy bag for nine months.

“Doctors told my family I had a 2 percent chance of living,” she told People in a story published Oct. 19. lungs. And that’s called an Ave Maria. No one survives that.”

Perry also told the outlet that she was one of five people hooked up to life support that night and “the other four” didn’t make it.

The Emmy winner, who has been to rehab a total of 15 times, explained that the scars from his dozens of stomach surgeries are “so many reminders to stay sober.”

He added that his therapist also helped him kick his addictions when they told him, “’The next time you think about taking Oxycontin, just think about having a colostomy bag for the rest of your life.’”

The “Fools Rush In” star said the comment caused a “little window” to open and he “crawled through it.”

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He revealed in his interview with Sawyer that Jennifer Aniston once went to his trailer to intervene, saying the cast could smell alcohol on it.
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Speaking to the New York Times shortly after his conversation with People, Perry estimated that he “spent $9 million or something trying to get sober.”

During the same interview, the actor reflected on how his decades-long “exhausting” drug and alcohol addictions took over his life at the height of his long-running run on “Friends.”

At one point, Perry “would wake up and have to get 55 Vicodin that day and figure out how to do it.”

“When you’re a drug addict, it’s all math,” he said. “I wasn’t doing it to get high or to feel good… I just wanted to sit on my couch, take five Vicodin and watch a movie. That was heaven for me. It is not anymore.

He told the Times that he started drinking beer and wine when he was 14, which turned into a combination of vodka by the quart, Vicodin, Xanax and OxyContin. She said that she drew the line on heroin.

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Perry recently announced that he has been clean and sober for 18 months.
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In his memoir, Perry writes that immediately after his “Friends” character, Chandler Bing, married Monica Geller (Courteney Cox) during the Season 7 finale, which aired in 2001, “he was taken back to the treatment center… in a van.” led by a sober technician.”

He admits that fans of the show can tell what drugs he was taking by tracking his “weight from season to season.”

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The actor’s book, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir,” is due out Nov. 1.
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The actor also reveals that he had to drop out of the 2021 film “Don’t Look Up” after his heart stopped “for five minutes” in the middle of back surgery because his anesthetic medications had been combined with hydrocodone. that you still have in your system. the previous night.

He writes that he is currently taking Suboxone, a drug that treats opioid withdrawal, and will take it for the rest of his life.

Perry told GQ in an interview published Thursday that she doesn’t expect her “Friends” co-stars, with the exception of Lisa Kudrow, who wrote the foreword, to read her book because she believes only “addicts … and fans of ‘Friends’. ‘ He’s going to worry about this.”

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