Matthew Perry says this actor would play a role younger than him if his memoirs were made into a movie: ‘He did it once’

Matthew Perry is promoting his new memoir. (Photo: Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)

Matthew Perry has already heard of his two friends co-stars about his raucous new book, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A MemoirWhich arrived in bookstores Tuesday. In it, he describes years of struggle with drug and alcohol addiction.

“Well, the book is out for a day,” Berry said when asked about their responses Wednesday during a live broadcast from City Hall in New York City. “I’ve heard from a couple of them, which is very nice, and I’m sure I’ll hear from everyone. But that’s the amazing thing about what’s going on with this book. It touches everyone’s hearts.”

Perry later said that thousands of people had already reached out to him, convinced they could stop using drugs because he did. He said he’s now 18 months sober. During the live broadcast, he indicated that he receives help daily.

He also answered a question about who would play him if the book was made into a movie.

The younger version of Perry will only be played by the co-star in the 2009 movie Body Swap 17 again.

“Well, Zac Efron did it once,” he said.

Perry said he would take on the role later.

“I was going to play my part after the coma and after that terrible night, five months in the hospital, and then take the role, I think,” he said, referring to one of the horrific stories that emerged from the book.

In 2018, Berry spent five months in the hospital recovering after his colon burst from opioid abuse. He was in a coma and on life support for two weeks. He performed 14 surgeries. He also had to use a colostomy bag for nine months, which left him “covered in my own skin,” he estimated 50 to 60 times.

“Doctors told my family I had a 2 percent chance of living,” Berry said. People. “I’ve been put on something called an ECMO machine, which does all the breathing to your heart and lungs. This is called Hail Mary. No one survives that.”

However, he admitted that he called his drug dealer when he got home.

Matthew Perry appears in the 1998 episode of

Matthew Perry appears in the 1998 episode of friendsWith co-stars Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox. (Photo: Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection)

In an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Berry also said that at one point he drank vodka by quart and took 55 Vicodin a day. He’d get the latter by faking back injuries and migraines—plus, he “had eight doctors going at the same time”—or simply going into open houses and rummaging through medicine cabinets.

“I think they thought ‘Oh, there’s no way he’d steal Chandler from us,'” Perry said.

In all, Perry said he spent $9 million for rest, including countless stays at rehab and detox facilities. In one of the treatment centers in Switzerland, where he was still taking the pills, his heart stopped beating for five minutes.

Looking at everything he’s been through, Perry tells Sawyer that he’s grateful for him friends Co-stars, especially Jennifer Aniston. She’s the one who “communicated with him a lot” and even confronted him about his problem.

Berry has also spoken about his personal relationships over the years, including how he and Valerie Bertinelli dealt with her then-husband, Eddie Van Halen, when he lost consciousness, and how he lost his virginity to Tricia Lee Fisher, half-sister of the late Carrie Fisher, after believing for years that he helpless.

He also lamented the loss of River Phoenix, his co-star A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, who died in 1993. “It always seems that really talented men are the ones who get off,” he wrote. “Why did original thinkers like River Phoenix and Heath Ledger die, but Keanu Reeves still walk among us?”

He has apologized for referring to Reeves since the snippet appeared, saying he “chose a name at random.”

If you or someone you know has an addiction, call the Substance Abuse Treatment Referral Helpline and Mental Health Services at 800-662-HELP (4357).

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