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John Byrne
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Posted: 19 August 2019 at 3:01am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Matthew Perry’s birthday today.
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Michael Roberts
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The first thing I remember Matthew Perry in was SECOND CHANCE, an early Fox show about a man who died in the far flung future of 2011 and was found to be not good enough for heaven nor bad enough for hell. So Saint Peter sent him back in time to 1987 to guide his younger self to a better fate. Matthew Perry played the teen version of the main character.

Halfway through the season, they got rid of the heavenly mission angle and focused on the teen characters, becoming a more conventional teen sitcom called BOYS WILL BE BOYS.

Also, as a child of the 80s, Perry's turn as Carol's boyfriend in A Very Special Episode of GROWING PAINS is a touchstone.
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So talented as a straight actor as well as comedic.
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Matthew Perry has excellent timing, and I just loved the way his character was
written throughout the entirety of the FRIENDS run.


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There have been various articles over the years about different casting on FRIENDS. They’ve really made me aware of how much of the characters sprang from the actors.
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To be sure!  The characters were the actors/the actors were the characters.  Certainly to an exaggerated degree for television, but Ross, Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler and Joey were those actors.  I think the nod has to go to the writers and producers working to the strengths of their cast as much as the actors who inhabited their roles.  
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When you see bloopers, it's quite clear that Matthew Perry is very quick and funny in real life.
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It's been fascinating over the years, as my awareness of behind the scenes processes has grown. To look at virtually any series and realize how different it would be with some or all of the characters cast differently. And to understand how the creators and showrunners would be constantly evolving the characters and the show to play off the strengths of the various actors.
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Perhaps if David Schwimmer had not been so adept at making over-the-top quirks funny...!
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