The legendary Matthew Perry, famous for his unforgettable portrayal of Chandler Bing in the iconic TV show “Friends,” isn’t really all that concerned about being remembered for his sarcastic one-liners and impeccable comedic timing. Nope, what really gets him going is the thought of leaving a legacy as the ultimate lifesaver!
In a page-turner from his 2022 memoir, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” we get an exclusive peek into Perry’s grand plan to be eternally etched in history for something other than his on-screen shenanigans.
You see, this is the story of a man who’s had more ups and downs than a rollercoaster at a funfair, all while navigating the treacherous waters of addiction and recovery. It’s from this wild journey that Perry wants to secure his spot in the “Remember Me for Something Awesome” hall of fame.
He spills the beans: “I’ve been through it all, folks. Life’s been a real rollercoaster, and I’m still trying to figure it out personally. But I’ve got this superpower. If a fellow alcoholic or a fellow party enthusiast stumbles up to me and says, ‘Hey, can you help me out?’ I’m your guy! I’ll do it for you, even if I can’t always do it for myself. So yeah, I’ve got your back, pal, in groups or one-on-one.”
Perry House in Malibu is his brainchild – a place where men can go to keep it sober and steady. He’s basically the Tony Stark of sobriety, minus the Iron Man suit (though, we’d pay good money to see that).
Perry also penned a play, “The End of Longing,” which is like his personal shout-out to the world. It’s him, cranked up to 11 as a booze-loving bon vivant. He’s got an important message for all the folks like him and all those who love folks like him.
“When I kick the bucket, I know what’s gonna happen,” Perry muses. “Everyone’s gonna go on and on about ‘Friends,’ like they always do. I mean, sure, it was great, and I’ve given the internet countless opportunities to meme my struggles, but here’s the dream, my friends: When I’m six feet under, how about ‘Friends’ takes a backseat and the ‘Matthew Perry – Savior of Lost Souls’ gets top billing? I know it’s a long shot, but a guy can dream, can’t he?”
Matthew Perry – a man who hopes to be remembered not just for his sitcom fame, but for being the real-life superhero of sobriety.