Chandler Bing was such a staple of ‘90s television that most fans feel like they really know the actor that portrayed him. But there’s a lot to learn about Matthew Perry, which we found out in a recent conference call interview. Here were some insights that we were surprised to discover about the star of the new comedy “Go On.”
He hopes a few more athletes stop by ‘Go On’
“We had asked Wayne Gretzky, I’d love to have on the show at some point. We’ve talked to David Beckham and he said that he would do it, So that was very exciting. My favorite athlete of all time I was lucky enough to have on ‘Mr. Sunshine’ but maybe we can have him come back on ‘Go On,’ too, which is Jimmy Connors.”
He was afraid of Seth McFarlane’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ nod
“He’s hilarious and I didn’t actually think he was making fun of the show. He was more making fun of the guy he was playing. It’s Seth MacFarlane, so if he doesn’t like something, you’re really going to know it. And so I was nervous when I heard that he mentioned the show but quite relieved when I saw what the joke was.”
All of his ‘Go On’ co-stars are a little bit like their characters
“What happens on all great shows is the writers end up writing to the actors who are playing the part. So the charters are becoming more and more like the actors that play them. That’s certainly what happened on ‘Friends’ and that’s the direction they’re leaning in here. So I’m pretty similar to my guy. Laura Benanti is pretty similar to her character. I’d like to say that Brett Gelman is similar to Mr. K. but I don’t know if any human being on the face of the planet is similar to Mr. K.”
He knows the secret to creating a successful character
“You look for people that you can relate to, that you can shake hands with and understand. I have a tendency to try to find characters that are bent or broken and on a path to become better people and Ryan King certainly has those traits. He’s a guy who, if this tragic thing had not happened to him, he would’ve lived his life as a rather unexplored life. But this thing happened to him so he reluctantly gets on this path to be a better person.”
He loves comedy and drama equally
“I don’t really have a preference between the two. I love doing both. Doing a comedy is potentially more challenging because you’re forced to do a joke a page and you’re forced to be funny at a certain rate. And I’m sure that will surprise most people because most people would think that I would say drama is harder because I’ve have so much experience in comedy. They both pose their challenges. But I actually think doing a comedy is harder than doing a drama.”
Watch Matthew Perry hard at work on “Go On” every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. Central on NBC.
Read Part I of our interview here.
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