Millions were deeply saddened by the unexpected loss of Matthew Perry. The lasting bond shared among the cast of Friends, which endures long after the show's conclusion, was clearly evident in a recently rediscovered interview showcasing Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer.
The cast of Friends undeniably formed strong bonds that have persisted for nearly two decades since the show's conclusion.
The beloved TV show aired for a decade and continues to be a fixture in many households to this day.
In light of this, the sudden passing of Matthew Perry has left millions of people devastated.
In the early hours of October 29, authorities reported the discovery of the lifeless body of the 54-year-old in a Los Angeles residence's hot tub.
The cause of death remains a mystery as the initial post-mortem examination yielded "inconclusive" findings, necessitating further investigation.
According to law enforcement authorities, there has been no sign of any foul play involved.
Following the heartbreaking news, an outpouring of tributes for Perry has flooded in, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Adele, Gwyneth Paltrow, and his fellow Friends cast members all conveying the profound impact Matthew Perry had on their lives.
In anticipation of the upcoming Friends reunion in 2021, an interview with Perry, co-stars Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer has been circulating widely.
During their interview with Entertainment Tonight, Perry was oblivious to the fact that he was still visible in the photo while Schwimmer was talking to the reporter.
LeBlanc provided support as he gestured for people to move away from the camera.
The former Top Gear presenter gently nudged him and provided an explanation: "Matty, that's the girls doing an interview. You're on camera," he politely added.
With an embarrassed expression, Perry inquired of the reporter: Are you in a three-shot seeing me do that?"
Chuckling, the late 54-year-old carried on with humorous remarks about resembling a "crazy person."
In the aftermath of Perry's passing, Friends fans have been expressing their admiration for the cast's camaraderie, with particular praise for LeBlanc's constant support and vigilance on his behalf.
"As his castmates have said over the years, he was ALWAYS looking out for them," one person penned on TikTok.
"I love that Matt and David were being kinda protective over Matthew," said someone else.
A third went on: "I love how Matt comforts Matthew and makes him understand that the girls are also doing the interview."
"I love how the boys backed up Matthew and copied him when he thought he was off camera," echoed another.
"Matt covering his best friend here with genuine love," someone else wrote, adding that 'you can't fake decades of friendship'.
During the 2021 Friends reunion, Perry spoke with deep emotion about the cast's "special" connection.
He said: "The best way that I can describe it is after the show was over, at a party or any kind of social gathering, if one of us bumped into each other, that was it."
"That was the end of the night. You just sat with the person all night long and that was it."
"You apologized to the people you were with, but they had to understand you had met somebody special to you and you were going to talk to that person for the rest of the night."
"And that's the way it worked."