Matthew Perry – who recently sparked concern when appearing on the Friends reunion – looked worn out as he stood outside upmarket restaurant Nobu in Malibu
Matthew Perry finished off a meal at Nobu in Malibu with a cigarette on Monday night.
The Friends actor, 53, was photographed outside the high-end eatery puffing away and appeared weary as he struggled to keep his eyes open.
Matthew, famed for playing Chandler Bing in the hit sitcom, also looked like he had a little bit too much sun over the weekend as his skin looked a deep red – as if he had forgotten to apply SPF.
The star selected a laid-back ensemble for his visit to the celebrity hotspot – which is said to be Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s daughter North’s favourite place to dine at – by dressing in black trousers teamed with a matching T-shirt.
The 17 Again star completed his look with a plaid shirt crafted out of brown material and walked along in black trainers.
Viewers expressed their concern for Matthew’s health and wellbeing after he was heard slurring his words during trailers and previews for the highly-anticipated reunion show.
It was reported that the actor had undergone emergency dental surgery on the same day as filming, and the show’s director Ben Winston criticised people for being “unkind”.
“I loved working with him. He’s a brilliantly funny man and I thought he had some great one-liners in the show,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.
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Kevin Bright, one of the original executive producers of Friends, said he thought Matthew was “OK” and was getting better following his mystery illness in 2018.
“He seems stronger and better since the last time I saw him, and excited about going forward,” he shared.
The criticism of his slurred speech prompted Matthew to disable his account on the celebrity video-messaging website Cameo, where he had been charging fans up to $999 for a 20-second personalised clip.
During the Friends reunion, the actor stunned his co-stars as he confessed he was crippled with nerves while filming the sitcom in front of a live audience, and would be devastated if his jokes didn’t get a laugh.
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“To me, I felt like I was going to die if they didn’t laugh. It’s not healthy, for sure, but I would sometimes say a line and they wouldn’t laugh and I would sweat and just go into convulsions if I didn’t get the laugh I was supposed to get. I would freak out,” he candidly shared.
“You didn’t tell us that. I don’t remember you ever saying that,” Lisa, who played Phoebe Buffay, replied in shock.
“I felt that every single night.,” Matthew sadly added.
The funnyman has previously battled addictions to Vicodin, methadone, amphetamines and alcohol through the years, and has also checked himself into rehab twice.
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