Elizabeth Hurley, a supermodel, says that before obtaining treatment for his multiple addictions, Matthew Perry was a “nightmare” to work with. After the Friends star revealed to Diane Sawyer that he worked on a 2002 movie, the attractive actress, 57, claimed that “To be honest, it was a nightmare working with him at that time, and, as it’s now known, our movie was shut down because of his addiction.” “We were in a state of force majeure and had to all sit at home twiddling our thumbs for some time.”
In the 2003 comedy Serving Sara, Matthew, 53, and the Austin Powers beauty have a memorable on-screen partnership. But the Friends actor acknowledged that he had been tough on the set of the movie while promoting his memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir.
In a frank interview that aired in October, he admitted to Diane that because it was filmed in Dallas and he was also working on Friends at the same time, his workload had doubled. “And I was flying on a private jet, drinking vodka out of a water bottle.” I weighed 155 pounds and was on my way to 128 pounds. I feel too sorry for that guy, he’s going through too much, and it’s me. And I remember that, and I didn’t understand what was going on. But again, I’m sorry, and I’m so grateful to not be that anymore,” he claimed.
Hurley recalled that Reginald Hudlin, the movie’s director, was “pissed off” when the shooting stopped. She added that Matthew had to “revoice everything” that had already been filmed, saying, “That was a little tough, but he came back and he was fantastic.” Nevertheless, Elizabeth was obviously fond of the popular comedy star and sympathetic to his situation.
For the interview on November 9, she said, “It was rough; obviously he was having a tough time, but he was still extremely pleasant and a lovely person to work with.” But it was clear that he was in pain.
Several startling admissions were made in Matthew’s book, which was published on November 1. These included a tendency to steal drugs from open houses, a blind dislike of Keanu Reeves, and a covert crush on co-star Jennifer Aniston.