Matthew Perry Reveals What He'll Take From 'Friends' for New NBC Sitcom 'Go On'
When fans tune in on September 11, they might find that Perry’s new character, Ryan King, bears some resemblance to Chandler Bing from the sitcom that launched his career.
“Chandler was a guy who had this built-in excuse to be funny, because he didn’t want to talk about anything serious and he’d joke around all the time,” Perry said. “That was certainly an element that I related to. I think I do that a lot less now than I’m older.”
What is the actor tackling on his new sitcom?
Perry plays a sportscaster who attends grief counseling after losing his wife in an accident. No stranger to counseling, Perry spent years battling addiction.
Since Friends, Perry has been in several failed TV series, including last year's Mr. Sunshine, also on NBC, and a recurring role on The Good Wife.
“The truth is that I’m not qualified to do anything,” he joked about his on-again-off-again career. “There’s nothing else I can do. I’m not good at anything else, so I have to do this."
With fond memories of his days on Friends, he and producer Silveri are hoping for guest starring appearances by Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc -- but not right away.
“I would be open to that kind of thing if that happened,” offered Perry. “I think it would be a mistake to do it early on, because we’re trying to set up something new and different.”
As far as getting his career and life back on track, Perry offered one tip. “You just remove all pleasure from your life,” he joked. “If I went, ‘Hey, that felt good!’ Gone, that thing goes away.”
-- Jordan Riefe