Cast members of “Friends,” who shared coffee and apartments in their roles on the long-running series, reminisced in Instagram posts this week about the scenes they shared with Matthew Perry, who played Chandler Bing on the show.
Perry was found unresponsive in a hot tub at his home in Los Angeles on Oct. 28. He was 54. His cause of death has not been released. Days after his death, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer released a brief joint statement about their grief over the loss of their friend, but said they needed to process the loss before saying anything more.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, several of the actors on the series shared their favorite moments on Instagram, touching on the warmth and chemistry that made the show an enduring global hit. Just like in their hundreds of scripted scenes, their memories were interspersed with love, tears, references to Chandler’s signature catchphrase, and captured how the six of them formed a chosen family on the show, which ran from 1994 to 2004.
LeBlanc had the role of Joey Tribbiani, Chandler’s roommate. On Instagram, LeBlanc posted a screen grab from an episode in 1996 in which Joey and Chandler, armed with a pan and a detergent bottle for protection, inched toward their apartment door before opening it to a fan, portrayed by Brooke Shields, who was obsessed with the character that Joey was playing on a soap opera.
“It is with a heavy heart I say goodbye,” LeBlanc wrote. “The times we had together are honestly among the favorite times of my life. It was an honor to share the stage with you and to call you my friend. I will always smile when I think of you and I’ll never forget you. Never. Spread your wings and fly brother you’re finally free. Much love.
“And I guess you’re keeping the 20 bucks you owe me.”
Cox shared an outtake of a memorable scene, when her character Monica Geller begins a fling with Chandler in London, and the new couple is nearly caught by her brother Ross, played by David Schwimmer. In the outtake, Cox says a line that she said Perry had suggested to her before they started filming.
“When you work with someone as closely as I did with Matthew, there are thousands of moments I wish I could share. For now here’s one of my favorites.”
Aniston, who played Rachel Green on the show, shared a text message from Perry, who had sent a picture of one of the many times he had made her laugh on set. In sharing her memory of Perry, she employed one of Chandler’s signature phrases.
“I love you so much and I know you are now completely at peace and out of any pain,” Aniston wrote. “I talk to you every day … sometimes I can almost hear you saying ‘could you BE any crazier?’
“Rest little brother. You always made my day.”
Schwimmer played Ross Geller on the show, the brother of Monica and eventual brother-in-law of Chandler. He, too, remembered the laughs and Perry’s comedic expertise, with a favorite moment coming in a 1998 Thanksgiving episode in which Ross and Chandler wore Miami Vice-style suits, with their sleeves pushed up, their hair gelled back and intense smoldering expressions on their faces.
“This photo is from one of my favorite moments with you. Now it makes me smile and grieve at the same time. I imagine you up there, somewhere, in the same white suit, hands in your pockets, looking around — ‘Could there BE any more clouds?’”