Matthew Perry struggles to watch Friends clip filmed during height of addiction

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    Friends star Matthew Perry appeared to be 'lost for words' after watching a clip from the show that was filmed while he was struggling with his addiction.

    The 53-year-old actor recently opened up about his time struggling with drug addiction while filming one of the world's most popular television shows after his struggle started in 1997.

    In his new memoir, titled Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, Perry revealed that he got hooked on the opioid pain killer, Vicodin after he had an accident on a jet ski.

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    He described the as being "like warm honey entering his veins" and believes that if he hadn't taken that first pill, "none of the next three decades would have gone the way they did."

    The usage of both drugs and alcohol went on to threaten his life, leaving his fellow cast members concerned for him and making some parts of the show hard to watch for him.

    In a sit-down interview with ABC News's Diane Sawyer, he was shown a clip from a 1997 episode of the show, where the group are preparing to head off to the beach and Perry's character, Chandler, makes a joke about being 'taken aboard' Rachel's big hat.

    But the star was left 'lost for words' as he said watching it was difficult for him and had to take his time to think about what to say about it.

    He added: "In this weird way I feel sorry for that guy, 'cause that's a guy that's out of control'. I didn't know what was going on with me. I weighed 155lbs (11st), on my way to 128lbs (9.14st).

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    "I feel too sorry for that guy, he's going through too much and it's me. And I remember that, and I didn't understand what was going on, but again, I'm sorry, I'm so grateful to not be that anymore… but it's hard to watch that."

    He also admitted things got 'deep' and 'dark' for him while writing the book, but claims he kept writing it because he wanted to be a voice for other people struggling with the same thing.

    He told Sawyer: "Obviously because I was on Friends, more people will listen to me. So I've got to take advantage of that, and I've got to help as many people as I can."


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