Amid the grim autopsy report following Matthew Perry's death, we've heard a lot about how the late star spent his final days.
It's not just a matter of the chemicals in your system. Statements from those who knew him say that he was clearly not in good condition.
George Clooney knew the deceased Friends star from when Perry was a teenager.
And he opens up about how Perry was clearly miserable even during the most successful years of his life.
George Clooney spoke with Deadline on Tuesday. She knows that Matthew Perry's dream was to have a leading role in a comedy.
In the end, that dream came true. Perry became Chandler Bing in Friends.
But Clooney points out that Perry had an addiction to alcohol and drugs. That turned even her success into a burden.
“He was a kid and everything he said to us, I mean to me, to Richard Kind and to Grant Heslov,” Clooney recalled.
What Perry would say “was, 'I just want to be in a comedy, man.'”
According to Clooney, Perry said: “'I just want to be in a normal comedy and I'd be the happiest man in the world.'”
“And he probably got one of the best of all time,” Clooney said. It is certainly not the highest quality sitcom, but it is one of the most famous and iconic.
“I wasn't happy,” he admitted then. “He did not bring her joy, happiness or peace.”
Clooney recalled regularly working side by side with Perry for many years without knowing “what was going on for him.”
Many of us think of Clooney as someone who was “always” around. Often, as a boy, our moms thought he was attractive. But he is a real person whose career has had ups and downs. Mainly climbs.
In the '90s, Clooney was a emergencies regular at the same time Perry starred Friends. These two shows really embodied a lot of what it meant to live (as an adult) in the '90s.
“We just knew he wasn't happy and he had no idea he was doing what, 12 Vicodin a day,” Clooney said. “And all the things he talked about, all those heartbreaking things.”
“And it also tells you that success and money and all those things don't automatically bring you happiness,” Clooney said.
“You have to be happy with yourself and your life,” he rightly stated.
It is true that money solves many, perhaps even most, of life's problems in an instant. Other things it just makes easier. And there are some things where even a true fortune can only, at best, protect you from the consequences of your struggles.
“I met Matt when I was 16,” Clooney recalled to the world.
“We played paddle tennis together,” he said. “She's about 10 years younger than me.”
Thinking back, Clooney described, “He was a great, fun, fun, fun kid.”
Perry passed away at the age of 54 at the end of October. He died in the pool of his Hollywood mansion.
Perry had many substances in his house and in his system. She had been taking ketamine, which doctors believe was recreational (not to be confused with her therapeutic ketamine treatments from a few years ago) and buprenorphine, which helps with opioid addiction.
Unfortunately, he took a lethal amount of both. Our hearts go out to your loved ones. We all wish he had gone on to lead a happy and fulfilling life.
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