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Sunday 20 April 2014

Perry not keen on Friends movie

Matthew Perry suggested he isn't likely to do a Friends movie

Matthew Perry has said he wouldn't want to do a Friends movie as it may blemish the memory of the hit show.

The 43-year-old actor starred along with Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow in the hit comedy for 10 years until it ended in 2004.

Recently rumours have begun circulating of a planned reunion and Matthew appeared with Jennifer and Courteney in a spoof reunion sketch for the Ellen DeGeneres show.

But asked about a possible movie spin-off, Matthew told ABC News: "I don't think so. It would be terrible to do something and have it not be good. It was so terrific. If we did a movie and it sucked, then it would, you know, blemish it."

And while the show was a hit, Matthew admitted not all his memories of that time are good ones, as he was battling drink and drug addiction at the time.

He told ABC News' Cecilia Vega: "Mostly it was drinking, you know, and opiates. I think I was pretty good at hiding it but, you know, eventually people were aware."

"I honestly recoil," he said of looking back at paparazzi photos from those days. "It's scary to look at that. I was a sick guy."

Matthew made several visits to rehab and his struggles with depression and addiction were widely covered in the media, something he now says actually helped in his recovery.

"I couldn't just walk into a bar," he revealed. "Everybody in the bar would go, 'You, you can't do that. I just read that you can't do that. You can't. You can't'."

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