- Matthew Perry’s memoir reveals that David Schwimmer was a true friend to his co-stars Friendswho advocates for equal salaries in the negotiations.
- The close bond and chemistry between the cast played a crucial role in the success of Friends.
- Despite possible conflicts over salary differences, joint negotiations helped the actors stick together and strengthened their bond, resulting in record-breaking salaries for the final season.
Ross Geller may not always be the favorite Friends character for the show’s audience, but the late Matthew Perry’s memoirs make it clear that David Schwimmer was a very good friend to his co-stars.
Following the tragic and unfortunate death of Perry, who played Chandler Bing on the hit ’90s sitcom, the cast of Friends was once again on everyone’s lips, especially due to the close bond that shared the six protagonists of the series. Much of the series’ success depended on the excellent chemistry between the main cast, which made it believable to see them as a group of real friends.
Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer were all equally important to the development of the story. However, as the romance between Ross and Rachel became more prominent, the production was on the verge of crisis as Schwimmer and Aniston were set to receive higher salaries due to their characters’ popularity.
The guard published an excerpt from Perry’s memoirs, Friends, lovers and the big terrible thingand says that for the show’s third season, Schwimmer came up with the idea of everyone negotiating their salaries as a group rather than individually, so that everyone would be paid equally:
“David certainly had been in a position to get the most money out of it and he didn’t. I’d like to think I would have made the same move, but as a greedy 25-year-old, I’m not sure. “I would have done that. But his decision made us care about each other through what turned out to be countless stressful network negotiations, and it gave us a tremendous amount of power.”
The salary difference could have caused a major rift within the group, but collective negotiations helped the actors stick together and build an even stronger bond between them, which was at the heart of the show from the start. For the final season of FriendsEach of the six main cast members earned more than $1 million per episode, a record at the time.
Matthew Perry Foundation was founded to help people struggling with addiction
Perry, who died last week at the age of 54, was one of the biggest stars of Friends, and a highly valued talent of his generation. Unfortunately, he battled addiction for years, which brought many ups and downs in his career. After his unfortunate death, which left a huge mark on the entire Hollywood artistic scene, the Matthew Perry Foundation was founded, the aim of which is to help those who also have addiction problems:
“In the spirit of Matthew Perry’s ongoing commitment to helping others struggling with the disease of addiction, we are embarking on a journey to honor his legacy by establishing the Matthew Perry Foundation, guided by his own words and experiences driven by his passion for making a difference in as many lives as possible.”