Making another bid for a TV comeback, former Friends star Matthew Perry, 42, says his characters have got more likeable with every attempt to find success.
The actor, who couldn’t follow up his fame as the hapless Chandler Bing in the comedy that ended in 2004, will now return to television as a sports talks radio host who joins a grief counselling group after the death of his wife. The comedy, Go On, follows the dark and short-lived series, Mr. Sunshine, in which Perry starred in 2011, and drama, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which got cancelled after a season in 2006.
“In my efforts to have a TV show and come back, my characters have got nicer... Mr. Sunshine was down and out, and now this guy is a nicer and more well-intended guy. You certainly want to play a guy that people want to root for and this guy has that,” says Perry.
The actor said that Go On executive producer Scott Silveri “has created a show for me better than the one I created for myself... The set-up is better. That guy (in Mr. Sunshine) was in a bad mood, and no one really knew why.”
Perry also calls the role the best he’s ever had. “One of the scenes in this show gave me one of biggest acting challenges I have had dramatically,” he says.