Why Elizabeth Hurley said work with Mathew Perry is Nightmare
Elizabeth Hurley, 57, is the latest celebrity to open up about Matthew Perry, 53, after the release of his memoir, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” which is full of anecdotes about his career, relationships, and personal life.
Co-starring with Perry in 2002’s “Serving Sara,” the British actress has barely skimmed Perry’s book despite witnessing the severity of his addictions firsthand.
“I haven’t actually read the book yet, but I’ve read [excerpts] of it,” said Hurley. “It’s quite interesting,” she explained. “He’s a very funny writer like he’s a very funny man. He’s an incredibly gifted comedian … his way with words is fantastic.”
“I have very fond memories of him. To be honest, it was a nightmare working with him at that time and, as it’s now known, our movie was shut down because of his addiction,” said the actress
Because of a temporary closure, Hurley was referring to the movie “Serving Sara,” in which Perry portrays a process server tasked with delivering divorce papers to Hurley’s character.
“We were in a force majeure and had to all sit at home twiddling our thumbs for some time,” Hurley continued. “It was tough, obviously he was having a tough time, but he was still very charming and a lovely person to work with. But you could see he was suffering for sure.”
Perry was very forthright about his drug abuse and recovery in his autobiography.
Chandler Bing on the NBC sitcom “Friends” was the breakout role for the Canadian actor from 1994 to 2004.
He was a cast member on the hit show when he recorded “Serving Sara,” which was taped during the height of his addiction.
In a bombshell tell-all interview with Diane Sawyer that aired at the end of last month, Perry said that he used Xanax, methadone, and a quart of vodka every day during that period.
“It was shot in Dallas and I was doing ‘Friends’ at the same time, so it doubled my workload. And I was flying on a private jet drinking vodka out of a water bottle,” he explained.
“I weighed 155 pounds, on my way to 128 pounds. I feel too sorry for that guy, he’s going through too much, and it’s me,” Perry answered. “And I remember that, and I didn’t understand what was going on. But again, I’m sorry, and I’m so grateful to not be that anymore.”