Former Friends guest star Tom Selleck reflects on his collaboration with Matthew Perry on the hit sitcom.
Tom played Monica’s lover Richard in nine episodes of Friends, working alongside the main cast, including Matthew, who died last year aged 54.
In a new interview with USA Today, the Magnum PI star was asked about his time on Friends, and recalled an episode where Richard became a mentor to the show’s resident boys, leading Chandler to try growing his own mustache.
“(Matthew) walked onto the set, and it was a buzz,” Tom recalled, revealing that he found himself laughing along with the show’s studio audience.
“He is a raw talent. Matthew is gone, so it’s easy to say this, but it’s true. I think he is the most talented of a very talented group of people.”
Tom also shared how Matthew tried to help him when he had to deliver a line that imitated Chandler’s famous signature intonation.
He said: “Matthew has a speech pattern that I wasn’t aware of. Matt told me: ‘It was just a joke, Tom. That’s how he said it.’ But throughout the show, I kept going up to him and asking, ‘Can you say that again?’.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Tom insisted he had “no bad stories” about his time on Friends.
“There’s nothing like it there,” he said. “You would sit down to record the exercises, and it was very interesting. Courteney (Cox) would sit on someone’s lap and then someone else’s the next. They all get along.
“I think it’s because all these actors have had failures on other shows. And now they are under this attack. They all realize how lucky they are.”The cast of Friends is depicted in the early years of the show’s success
Matthew died at his home in California in October last year. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner later determined that Matthew died from “acute effects of ketamine,” with factors contributing to the late actor’s accidental death including drowning, coronary artery disease, and the effects of buprenorphine, a drug used in opioid treatment. addicted.
Following news of Matthew’s death, an old interview quickly resurfaced on social media, in which the Emmy nominee said he hoped he would be remembered for his work in helping those struggling with addiction, and opened up about his substance abuse problems. . his career.
“The best thing about me, bar none, is if someone comes to me and says, ‘I can’t stop drinking, can you help me?’ I can say, ‘yes,’ and follow through and do it. That’s the best,” he explained.
“And I’ve said this a long time ago – when I die, I don’t want Friends to be the first thing mentioned. I want that to be the first thing mentioned, and I will live the rest of my life to prove that.”