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Tom Selleck Remembers 'Talented' Friends

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By Durjoy RahmanPublished 3 months ago 7 min read
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Tom Selleck as Dr. Richard Burke, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, and Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing in the television series Friends. NBCU Photo Bank/Paul Dinkwerter/NBCUniversal via GetTY Image

In addition to being one of Matthew Perry's many admirers, Tom Selleck regarded him as a friend.

For the first time since Perry's unexpected passing in October at the age of 54, Selleck, 79, opened out about his friendship with the late actor while thinking back on their days together on the Friends set.

During a conversation with USA Today, Selleck recounted an early scene from the popular sitcom in which his character, Richard Burke, an ophthalmologist, was in a romantic relationship with Monica (Courteney Cox). He struck up a joke with her friends, Chandler Bing (Perry) and Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc).

Regarding the sequence, Selleck remarked, "We had this role reversal thing going," in which he "tried to be like" Chandler and Joey while they attempted to act like his character.

In addition to being one of Matthew Perry's many admirers, Tom Selleck regarded him as a friend.

For the first time since Perry's unexpected passing in October at the age of 54, Selleck, 79, opened out about his friendship with the late actor while thinking back on their days together on the Friends set.

During a conversation with USA Today, Selleck recounted an early scene from the popular sitcom in which his character, Richard Burke, an ophthalmologist, was in a romantic relationship with Monica (Courteney Cox). He struck up a joke with her friends, Chandler Bing (Perry) and Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc).

Regarding the sequence, Selleck remarked, "We had this role reversal thing going," in which he "tried to be like" Chandler and Joey while they attempted to act like his character.

He went on, "Matthew had this speech pattern that I hadn't been aware of," alluding to Perry's caustic delivery of the lines that made his character so well-known. It took him some time to get the hang of the delivery, according to Selleck.

"It's a joke, Tom," Matt informed me. It is how he puts it. But throughout the entire performance, I kept approaching him and asking, "Can you say it again?," to which he would respond with the famous delivery, "That was his signature," Selleck recounted.

The Blue Bloods actor also gushed over the late actor's brilliance, saying that he had witnessed it firsthand.

Considering the aforementioned scene, in which Chandler and Joey switch roles with Richard, Selleck stated that Perry "walked onto the set, and that brought the house down."

"He had undeveloped talent," he said. It's simple to say that Matthew is no longer among us, but it's real. He was, in my opinion, the most gifted member of a really gifted group."

Selleck looked back on his time on Friends with nostalgia, attributing much of the show's warmth to him and his friendship with Perry's father, John Bennett Perry, which served as a foundation for his relationship with the sitcom star. Selleck looked back on his time on Friends with nostalgia, attributing much of the show's warmth to him and his friendship with Perry's father, John Bennett Perry, which served as a foundation for his relationship with the sitcom star.

Selleck informed the newspaper that he had known John from the "young struggling actor" days. "We really hit it off as friends."

"I used to see Matthew every day and would ask him how his father was doing. Selleck recollected, "And he'd always smile and we'd catch up."

Between seasons two and six, he made appearances in ten episodes of the sitcom. His final appearance was in the episode when Chandler and Monica got engaged, playing Dr. Richard Burke.

“There are no bad stories,” Selleck continued. "You'd sit down to get notes on rehearsal, and it was fascinating. Courteney would be sitting on somebody's lap and then someone else's the next time. They all just got along. I think it's because all these actors had failures on other shows. And now they're in this hit. They all realized how lucky they were."“There are no bad stories,” Selleck continued. "You'd sit down to get notes on rehearsal, and it was fascinating. Courteney would be sitting on somebody's lap and then someone else's the next time. They all just got along. I think it's because all these actors had failures on other shows. And now they're in this hit. They all realized how lucky they were."

In addition to being one of Matthew Perry's many admirers, Tom Selleck regarded him as a friend.

For the first time since Perry's unexpected passing in October at the age of 54, Selleck, 79, opened out about his friendship with the late actor while thinking back on their days together on the Friends set.

During a conversation with USA Today, Selleck recounted an early scene from the popular sitcom in which his character, Richard Burke, an ophthalmologist, was in a romantic relationship with Monica (Courteney Cox). He struck up a joke with her friends, Chandler Bing (Perry) and Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc).

Regarding the sequence, Selleck remarked, "We had this role reversal thing going," in which he "tried to be like" Chandler and Joey while they attempted to act like his character.

In addition to being one of Matthew Perry's many admirers, Tom Selleck regarded him as a friend.

For the first time since Perry's unexpected passing in October at the age of 54, Selleck, 79, opened out about his friendship with the late actor while thinking back on their days together on the Friends set.

During a conversation with USA Today, Selleck recounted an early scene from the popular sitcom in which his character, Richard Burke, an ophthalmologist, was in a romantic relationship with Monica (Courteney Cox). He struck up a joke with her friends, Chandler Bing (Perry) and Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc).

Regarding the sequence, Selleck remarked, "We had this role reversal thing going," in which he "tried to be like" Chandler and Joey while they attempted to act like his character.

He went on, "Matthew had this speech pattern that I hadn't been aware of," alluding to Perry's caustic delivery of the lines that made his character so well-known. It took him some time to get the hang of the delivery, according to Selleck.

"It's a joke, Tom," Matt informed me. It is how he puts it. But throughout the entire performance, I kept approaching him and asking, "Can you say it again?," to which he would respond with the famous delivery, "That was his signature," Selleck recounted.

The Blue Bloods actor also gushed over the late actor's brilliance, saying that he had witnessed it firsthand.

Considering the aforementioned scene, in which Chandler and Joey switch roles with Richard, Selleck stated that Perry "walked onto the set, and that brought the house down."

"He had undeveloped talent," he said. It's simple to say that Matthew is no longer among us, but it's real. He was, in my opinion, the most gifted member of a really gifted group."

Selleck looked back on his time on Friends with nostalgia, attributing much of the show's warmth to him and his friendship with Perry's father, John Bennett Perry, which served as a foundation for his relationship with the sitcom star. Selleck looked back on his time on Friends with nostalgia, attributing much of the show's warmth to him and his friendship with Perry's father, John Bennett Perry, which served as a foundation for his relationship with the sitcom star.

Selleck informed the newspaper that he had known John from the "young struggling actor" days. "We really hit it off as friends."

"I used to see Matthew every day and would ask him how his father was doing. Selleck recollected, "And he'd always smile and we'd catch up."

Between seasons two and six, he made appearances in ten episodes of the sitcom. His final appearance was in the episode when Chandler and Monica got engaged, playing Dr. Richard Burke.

“There are no bad stories,” Selleck continued. "You'd sit down to get notes on rehearsal, and it was fascinating. Courteney would be sitting on somebody's lap and then someone else's the next time. They all just got along. I think it's because all these actors had failures on other shows. And now they're in this hit. They all realized how lucky they were."“There are no bad stories,” Selleck continued. "You'd sit down to get notes on rehearsal, and it was fascinating. Courteney would be sitting on somebody's lap and then someone else's the next time. They all just got along. I think it's because all these actors had failures on other shows. And now they're in this hit. They all realized how lucky they were."

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