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29th Oct 2023

Matthew Perry on the one Friends plot-line that he didn’t want to film

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Matthew Perry

It probably fitted Joey better.

In a TV segment for ‘Plead the Fifth’ with Andy Cohen, Matthew Perry opened up on his time with the Friends cast, and spoke of one plot-line that he asked the writers to re-do.

In the Friends episode after Chandler breaks up with Kathy, you might remember that everyone’s favourite smart-ass had a very specific plan about how to get over his ex.

Phase 1: Wear sweatpants

Phase 2: Get drunk and go to a strip club.

Phase 3: Picture yourself with other women

Phase 4: Become only interested in having sex with strippers and your friends.

In fact, strippers have a strong influence in the history of Friends. Who can forget Danny DeVito giving Phoebe the perfect lap dance or the time when Joey thought that the stripper stole Emily’s wedding ring.

Well, during a 2017 appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen , Matthew Perry revealed that there was one storyline in Friends that he vetoed against. He said:

“There was a storyline on ‘Friends’ where Chandler went to a male strip joint because he really liked the sandwiches. I called up and I said, ‘Let’s not do this one.’

To be fair, that does seem like the perfect fit for Joey because after all, when asked to choose between women and sex, Mr Tribbiani gave the perfect response “I want girls on bread”.

Matthew Perry tragically passed away on Saturday, October 28 at the age of just 54. Tributes quickly flowed in for one of the best comedic actors of his generation.

*Updated from piece first posted in 2017

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