Friends Reunion: Matthew Perry says he had ‘sweats and convulsions’ when filming original series

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Matthew Perry felt he was ‘going to die’ and suffered from ‘sweats and convulsions’ during the filming of every episode of Friends

Matthew Perry felt he was ‘going to die’ during the recording of every episode of Friends.

The 51-year-old actor – who played Chandler Bing on the hit sitcom from 1994 to 2004 – admitted that he was nervous about the show being recorded in front of a live audience, their reactions triggering possible script changes, and he lived in fear that they are do not find performance funny.

While some of his co-stars thrived under the bright lights and energy of a live studio audience, Perry was consumed with dread.

Scary: The 51-year-old actor - who played Chandler Bing on the hit sitcom from 1994 to 2004 - admitted he was nervous about the show being recorded in front of a live audience

Scary: The 51-year-old actor – who played Chandler Bing on the hit sitcom from 1994 to 2004 – admitted he was nervous about the show being recorded in front of a live audience

After David Schwimmer and Courteney Cox revealed their love of performing during each episode, Matthew admitted he didn’t feel the same way.

“For me, I felt like I was going to die if they didn’t smile,” he said. ‘It’s definitely not healthy, but I would say a sentence sometimes and they wouldn’t laugh and I would sweat and just have convulsions if I didn’t get the laugh I should have gotten. I would panic. ‘

Matthew’s confession shocked his co-stars when Lisa Kudrow replied, “You didn’t tell us. I don’t remember ever saying that. ‘

Fair: While some of his fellow stars thrived under the bright lights and energy of a live studio audience, Perry was consumed with fear

Fair: While some of his fellow stars thrived under the bright lights and energy of a live studio audience, Perry was consumed with fear

“For me, I felt like I was going to die if they didn’t smile,” he said. ‘It’s definitely not healthy, but I would say a sentence sometimes and they wouldn’t laugh and I would sweat and just have convulsions if I didn’t get the laugh I should have gotten. I would panic. ‘

Difficult: Matthew's confession shocked his fellow stars when Lisa Kudrow replied, “You didn't tell us that.  I don't remember you ever said that '

Difficult: Matthew’s confession shocked his fellow stars when Lisa Kudrow replied, “You didn’t tell us that. I don’t remember you ever said that ‘

Matthew admitted, “I felt that every night.”

But one person Matthew never had to worry about making a laugh was former co-star Maggie Wheeler, who played Chandler’s on / off girlfriend Janice.

The actress confessed to creating Janice’s famous honking laugh because otherwise she would have had “ big trouble ” for finding her co-star so funny.

She said, “When Matthew started speaking, I knew he was going to destroy me. I knew that if Janice couldn’t laugh or laugh on set at the time, I would be in big trouble and that’s why that smile exists. ‘

Troubled Time: Matthew admitted, 'I felt that every night'

Troubled Time: Matthew admitted, ‘I felt that every night’

“The special ultimately refuses to explicitly discuss its troubled experiences, but it still lingers on the fringes with a palpable unease,” Variety critic Caroline Framke said on Tuesday.

In 2002-2003, Matthew made $ 24 million to portray the “ manager in statistical analysis and data reconfiguration ” on Friends, who ran for ten seasons on NBC between 1994 and 2004.

Over the years, Matthew has battled addictions to Vicodin, methadone, amphetamine and alcohol, and also had two bouts in rehab.

Critics noted that there was “ palpable unease ” on the set of the HBO Max reunion.

“The special ultimately refuses to explicitly discuss its troubled experiences, but it nonetheless lingers on the fringes with a palpable unease,” Variety critic Caroline Framke said Tuesday.

When his castmates talk about keeping in touch, he makes a joke that he doesn’t hear ‘from anyone’ so dryly it’s impossible to tell if it’s really a joke. ‘

Fans also noticed Perry’s slurred speech in reunion promos, which was later addressed as an “ emergency tooth procedure ” performed on the day of filming.

When his castmates talk about keeping in touch, he jokes about how he doesn't hear anything "from someone" so dry it's impossible to tell if it's really a joke '

“ When his castmates talk about staying in touch, he makes a joke about hearing ‘from nobody’ so dry it’s impossible to tell if it’s really a joke ”

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