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Matthew Perry, elegy for a tragic clown


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Audrey Fournier

The actor, who died on October 28, was essentially the most constructed and endearing character within the cult collection ‘Mates’.

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With the exception of James Michael Tyler (Gunther, the Central Perk barista), who died prematurely of most cancers in 2021, Matthew Perry is the primary “pal” to go, additionally forward of his time. Above all, he’s the primary of the core gang of six, and the emotion that tinges the tributes paid within the media and on the networks speaks volumes in regards to the sympathy that the character Chandler Bing and the actor who personified him continued to elicit. Perry’s loss of life on Saturday, October 28, in a manner brings the collection to a detailed, virtually 20 years after its final episode. Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Ross, Joey and Chandler won’t ever be seen collectively once more.

The circumstances of his loss of life, whereas nonetheless obscure, trace at a physique giving out after a lot battle. Audiences realised the extent of the actor’s bodily deterioration throughout his participation within the Mates: The Reunion program organized in 2021, though, on the time of recording, Perry had been sober for 18 months. Everybody knew he wasn’t effectively, his state of well being stuffed the pages of celeb magazines, however to this extent? Opiates, heroin, alcohol. Leafing by way of the memoirs he wrote – alone, which is uncommon within the leisure enterprise – and revealed in 2022, Mates, Lovers, and the Massive Horrible Factor, you may be forgiven for questioning above all how he managed to dwell to 54 on such a regime.

Of the six Mates, Perry’s efficiency was undoubtedly essentially the most immersive. And to say that he by no means inhabited a task as absolutely as Chandler Bing’s isn’t any slight to him. Particularly since this character of a sarcastic financier, clumsy in love, precursor of the cringe and filled with unusual behaviors (who might presumably neglect his behavior of dancing each time one thing vital occurs to him?), had every thing to be much less lovable than Joey (Matt LeBlanc), the fool heartthrob, or Ross (David Schwimmer), the uptight paleontologist. Quite the opposite, together with Monica (Courteney Cox), he was maybe essentially the most constructed and endearing character within the sitcom created by Marta Kauffman and David Crane. These two oddballs did not find yourself collectively for nothing.

For many who could have forgotten the actor’s burlesque expertise and the precision of his appearing, simply go and search YouTube for the numerous better of Chandler scenes. Between the “shut up!!!” from the sofa scene (season 5, episode 16, the most effective of your complete collection), the mustache try throughout season 2 and the desk drawer he voluntarily will get handcuffed to by Rachel’s boss (season 4), there are many good examples to select from.

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