Friends’ Matthew Perry Explains How His Addictions Can Be Tracked Through The Series

It hasn’t been a secret for a long time that Matthew Perry struggled with addiction during his 10-year run as Chandler Bing on Friends. In the years that the sitcom aired on NBC from 1994 to 2004, fans watched the actor’s weight fluctuate, and it wasn’t hard to guess that something wasn’t right. Perry has cleared a lot of that up himself in his memoir Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, which was released in November and paints a very somber picture of what he’s been through. He even explained how his different addictions could be tracked through the series.

Matthew Perry certainly didn’t sugarcoat anything regarding his addiction in Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, admitting that at one point he was taking 55 Vicodin a day and saying he spent millions of dollars going in and out of rehab. Over the course of the series, the actor said his weight fluctuated “between 128 pounds and 225 pounds,” depending on which addiction he was fighting. He explained in the memoir (via Page Six): 

You can track the trajectory for my addiction if you gauge my weight from season to season. When I’m carrying weight, it’s alcohol; when I’m skinny, it’s pills. When I have a goatee, it’s lots of pills.

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