Zac Efron can be “honored” to play Matthew Perry in a biopic, and he recalled the wonderful expertise he had whereas engaged on the movie 17 Once more with the late actor.
“He was a mentor to me, and we made a very cool movie collectively,” the Biggest Showman star, 36, informed People on Wednesday, November 8. “I seemed as much as him. I realized comedic timing from that man. I imply, once we have been filming 17 Once more, it was so surreal for me to look throughout and have him be there, as a result of I’ve realized a lot from him, from his entire life.”
Efron performed a youthful model of Perry’s character, Mike O’Donnell, within the 2009 movie.
Perry beforehand talked about Efron by title to tackle the position whereas talking with leisure reporter Athenna Crosby, who was photographed eating with Pals actor simply someday earlier than his loss of life on October 28. The reporter stated Perry informed her he “wished to make a film about his life and have a biopic made,” and he particularly “wished Zac Efron, who’s performed him already, to play him once more as a result of he stated he did such job.”
“I’m honored to listen to he was considering of me to play him,” Efron stated, including that he was “devastated” by the information of Perry’s loss of life. “We’ll see. I’d be honored to do it.”
Perry drowned in a jacuzzi at his Pacific Palisades dwelling at age 54. He turned an icon in Hollywood due to his position as Chandler Bing on Pals, which ran from 1994 to 2004.
His castmates, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer, launched a joint assertion mourning their costar and shut pal two days after his loss of life on October 30.
“We’re all so completely devastated by the lack of Matthew. We have been extra than simply solid mates. We’re a household,” the group’s assertion learn. “There may be a lot to say, however proper now we’re going to take a second to grieve and course of this unfathomable loss. In time we are going to say extra, as and once we are in a position. For now, our ideas and our love are with Matty’s household, his associates, and everybody who cherished him all over the world.”
The sitcom’s core six characters final reunited on display in 2021 for HBO Max’s Pals: The Reunion particular. Along with Perry’s expertise starring within the beloved sitcom, he additionally scored roles in The Complete 9 Yards, Fools Rush In, Serving Sarah, Scrubs, and extra. He wrote a memoir about his experiences, together with his decades-long battle together with his addition, in his 2022 memoir, Pals, Lovers, and the Large Horrible Factor.