The reason behind Hollywood actor Matthew Perry’s slurred speech has been finally explained in the Friends reunion.
Shortly after the release of a promo video of ‘Friends: The Reunion’, the show which ended in 2004, sparked a controversy that the Chandler Bing actor was speaking in a slurred manner and it concerned his fans.
However, a source revealed the reason behind the 51-year-old actor’s slurred speech was Matthew had an emergency tooth procedure that day when the reunion special was being filmed.
“That was said to impact his wellbeing and also how he was feeling. [Matthew] had been in pain from what we understand, which caused the slurred speech.” In the trailer for the reunion, the actor left fans emotional when he broke down reminiscing on his memories of the show.
“Yep, I’m gonna cry,” he says in the clip as Jennifer Aniston, who played Rachel in the beloved sitcom, strokes his shoulder, reassuringly. Perry has been open about his struggles while making the show. After becoming a household name in 1994, he became addicted to alcohol and prescription drugs and, in 2016, said that he “[can’t] remember three years” of the show as he was “a little out of it”.
He attended rehab twice during his run on Friends, and has since opened his own rehabilitation centre for alcoholics. The Friends reunion has bought Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, and Courtney Cox.