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Matthew Perry says he wouldn’t take part in a revival of “Friends.”
Perry, who currently stars Off-Broadway in the play he wrote, “The End of Longing,” says that he’d rather “Friends” not join the revival craze of bygone sitcom hits like NBC’s “Will & Grace” and ABC’s “Roseanne.”
“I have this recurring nightmare – I’m not kidding about this,” Perry told Variety in a newly published interview. “When I’m asleep, I have this nightmare that we do ‘Friends’ again and nobody cares. We do a whole series, we come back, and nobody cares about it. So if anybody asks me, I’m gonna say no. The thing is we ended on such a high. We can’t beat it. Why would we go and do it again?”
Perry starred as perpetually wise-cracking Chandler Bing on “Friends” from 1994 to 2004. The show was so popular that its stars negotiated the highest salary on TV at the time: $1 million per episode. Most recently, he starred on the canceled remake of “The Odd Couple” for three seasons on CBS.
The actor acknowledges that “Friends” “gave me every opportunity I ever had,” but now he’d like to avoid traditional sitcom television in the next chapter of his acting career.
“In my head, I have this TV project that I’d write,” Perry said. “That’s what the fantasy for me is, next. Somewhere on television. But my brain just thinks of darker sh– than what is expected on a four-camera comedy, or at least on the ones that are on TV now. What I see is serious stuff that, as a bonus, happens to be funny.”