Could Matthew Perry’s memoir be more surprising? Excerpts released last week revealed that the Friends actor had a near death experience while filming a cut role in Don’t look up, don’t put much value in Salma Hayek’s acting tipsand is disappointed that Keanu Reeves is alive for some reason (although he made his death wishes back in a follow sstatement).
Still, for fans of the iconic ’90s sitcom, this most recent snippet might be the most heartbreaking of them all. It turns out that no one was more annoyed by Chandler Bing’s signature misplaced accent than Chandler Bing himself. And he would have liked to speak normally for once, thank you very much.
In case you’re not one of the billions of people keeping Friends forever at the top Netflix’s list of most-watched showsHere is a compilation to refresh your memory:
We can laugh now, but after being forced into that stilted way of speaking for five seasons, Matthew Perry certainly wasn’t. He apparently “had to beg the producers” to stop writing his lines that way, before taking matters into his own hands. “This particular cadence – could it be more boring? – had been played so much that if I were to put the accent in the wrong place one more time I thought I’d explode, so I just went back to saying lines normally, mostly in season six and then in beyond,” he writes, by Variety.
He also reveals that he was the unfortunate architect of his own misery. The actor actually created “Chandler speak” himself, back when he was a kid just trying to be a comedian. “I read the words in an unexpected way, hitting accents that no one else had hit. I was back in Ottawa with my childhood friends the Murrays; I got laughs where no one else had,” he explains, by Deadline.
On the contrary, it should serve as a warning against over-commitment. Fortunately, it has a happy ending. When Perry asked co-creator Marta Kauffman if he could have the show’s final line, she agreed, leading to a final exchange between Rachel and Chandler where Rachel asks if the gang would like some coffee. and Chandler replies “Sure. Where?” Sarcastic of course, but also…finally-said quite normally.
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. Matthew Perry begged the writers Friends to give up Chandler speak