‘Friends’ Director on Why Matthew Perry Made the ‘Perfect’ Chandler Bing: ‘He Was Inventive’

Matthew Perry, known for his role as Chandler Bing on Friends, was remembered by director James Burrows as an "inventive" actor and comedian. In an interview with TODAY, Burrows, who directed the pilot episode of the sitcom, praised Perry's comedic talent and his unique approach to delivering lines. Burrows described Perry as "really funny" and a bit awkward on set, which mirrored his portrayal of Chandler on the show.

 One of Burrows' favorite episodes with Perry was "The One with the Blackout," where Chandler's facial expressions were particularly impressive. Reflecting on Perry's recent passing, Burrows expressed his sadness and compared it to losing a family member.

He mentioned texting Perry's Friends co-stars, who were devastated by the news. 

Burrows hoped that Perry would be remembered as a wonderful actor, a funny man, and a dear friend. Perry was found dead at the age of 54 in his Los Angeles-area home, with no illicit drugs found at the scene. The Friends cast, as well as the series' co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane and executive producer Kevin Bright, released statements expressing their grief and honoring Perry's talent and kindheartedness.

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