Tom Selleck Channels Matthew Perry’s Iconic Chandler Bing in Emotional ‘Friends’ Episode

Los Angeles, CA – Tom Selleck, known for his role as Richard Burke on the hit TV show “Friends,” opens up about his experience channeling Matthew Perry’s character, Chandler Bing. Selleck reveals that in one episode, Richard starts acting like Chandler and Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc), leading to a hilarious role reversal.

Selleck admits that he initially struggled to master Perry’s sarcastic delivery, seeking frequent personal instructions from his co-star. However, he eventually nailed the famous Chandler-esque line, “Could that shot be any prettier?” Selleck fondly remembers Perry’s signature speech pattern and credits him as a raw talent, labeling him the most talented of the already talented cast.

The 78-year-old actor also reflects on his friendship with Perry’s father, actor John Bennett Perry, which helped break the ice with the tight-knit “Friends” cast. Selleck joined the show as Richard Burke, a charismatic eye doctor and love interest to Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), during its second season. He particularly remembers the episode “The One Where Old Yeller Dies,” in which Chandler and Joey imitate Richard’s mannerisms.

Despite being unable to attend Perry’s private memorial service, Selleck emphasizes the real friendship between the “Friends” cast, who have no bad stories or star attitudes. He describes their close bond and attributes it to their shared experiences of failures on previous shows, making them truly grateful for the success of “Friends.”

Selleck, currently starring as police commissioner Frank Reagan on the TV show “Blue Bloods,” expresses his admiration for Perry’s acting skills and appreciates the opportunity to honor his memory. As fans continue to mourn the loss of Perry, Selleck’s insights provide a touching tribute to the late actor and the enduring legacy of “Friends.”

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