With Matthew Perry debuting the new show Mr. Sunshine, 2/3 of the Friends are back on TV (only Schwimmer directing and Aniston the movie star hold out.) On Sunshine, Perry plays the manager of a hockey arena trying to take his life in a more positive dimension. It could be a change of pace for the sarcastic actor, so I jumped in with a few questions at his Television Critics Association presentation last summer. Perry also writes and produces the show.
CraveOnline: You have a great sarcastic sense of humor. In trying to be nice do you have to try to avoid going negative?
Matthew Perry: Oh, that’s true, yeah. We should do something like that, like the put down is right there and then I can’t use it.
CraveOnline: Do you do that in real life too?
Matthew Perry: Yeah, I do. But it is small steps. It is like asking someone how you are and then actually being interested in the answer. That’s how far I’ve got.
CraveOnline: Do you follow any of the philosophies like The Secret or The Power of Now?
Matthew Perry: Not really. We do have a character on the show played by Andrea Anders who does follow all of that stuff a great deal.
CraveOnline: When you write the script do you find you improvise less?
Matthew Perry: That’s funny. I guess inherent in the fact that it’s on the page, that’s what I think it’s the funniest joke but no, we are trying to keep a really open atmosphere through all of this. We’ve invited the cast to come up with funny stuff, and I want to make sure it’s a real creative environment because that is what I had for 10 years so I’m trying.
CraveOnline: Do you ever see an episode of Friends on and go “I don’t remember that one?”
Matthew Perry: Yeah, it’s really funny, I just don’t do that. I don’t watch Friends anymore. When it was on I used to, but I don’t anymore.