‘Friends’ Chandler Bing Fame, Matthew Perry Was the Only Actor to Have a Special Privilege on the Sets

Published 10/30/2023, 8:46 AM EDT

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Since 1994, Friends has been a home for millions of people. The iconic show introduced the world to 6 best friends who went through life together and became the viewers’ family as well. But one of them left the others behind. No one told them that life was going to be this way, but it was. The news of Matthew Perry passing away broke countless hearts of fans and his colleagues. While the entire world is praying for the actor’s peace, did you know that he had certain privileges?

The Chandler Bing fame actor was the only actor to have had a special privilege on the sets of the ’90s sitcom because of his unique qualities. 

Special privilege Matthew Perry had on the sets of Friends

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The NBC show was famous for the portrayal of warmth in relationships between friends and family. And Chandler Bing’s witty remarks added a touch of comedy to the emotional rollercoaster of the story. However, a lot of what Chandler spoke came directly from Matthew Perry himself. Apparently, he was the only actor among all 6 to be allowed to sit with the writers. Because of his legendary wits, he got a special place in the director’s heart as well.

The director of the show would often use Perry’s gags and suggestions in the scenes. Although the writers did an amazing job at writing brilliant scripts, Perry’s input was also extremely important. There are several instances where the 17 Again actor improvised even while filming a scene. This was so as Perry felt a strong connection to Chandler Bing, making it easy for him to make those improvisations.

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During his interview with Tom Power, Perry opened up about how he got the character. When the auditions were happening for the show, the late actor actually helped his friend, Craig Bierko to get the role. However, feeling extremely close to the character, Perry decided to give it a shot and went in for an audition and the rest is history. But despite earning global fame for this remarkable role, Matthew Perry did not want to be remembered as Chandler Bing only.

The Friends actor wanted the world to remember him other than Chandler Bing

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The Numb actor had been open about his struggles with addiction, drug abuse, and unhealthy habits. During his conversation with Tom Power, he spoke openly about his hope of creating a lasting memory in fans’ hearts. He admitted to being remembered as someone who lived well, loved well, and was a seeker. Despite Chandler Bing being a tremendous part of his life, Perry wanted people to remember him as someone who wanted to help people.

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Admittedly, this was one of the major reasons he wrote his memoir, Friends, Lovers, and a Big Terrible Thing. But it was awfully hard for him to read it afterward. Nevertheless, by sharing his journey with the entire world, the actor gave a lot of people hope and helped them in a way anyone could only imagine. Now, as he wanted, his fans would remember him as ‘The One who Brought Chandler Bing to Life and Helped Millions Smiles.

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Did you know about this privilege the actor had on the sets? Share your favorite Chandler Bing one-liners in the comments below.

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Neha Chande

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Meet Neha Chande, an entertainment writer at Netflix Junkie, who has written more than 1100 articles. With a Master's degree in English Literature, Neha believes in unbiased journalism. Before delving into her passion for writing and cinema, she taught English and communication skills as a facilitator and lecturer.

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