Friends star Matthew Perry breaks down in reunion trailer

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Matthew Perry has broken down in tears in a new trailer for the upcoming Friends reunion special, which sees the entire cast of the iconic US sitcom come together for the first time in over 15 years.

In the clip, the six stars gather at the iconic sitcom's set to play a game of trivia, read through a classic episode and generally reflect on how they bonded across the show's epic 10-season run.

Jennifer Aniston comforts an emotional Matthew Perry in the Friends reunion trailer
Jennifer Aniston comforts an emotional Matthew Perry in the Friends reunion trailer. Photo: HBO Max.

"It was an incredible time," says an emotional Courteney Cox. "We became best friends."

The camera pans to Matthew, who is seated next to Jennifer Aniston. "Yep, I'm going to cry now," he admits, dipping his head down as Jen pats his shoulder.

Elsewhere in the trailer, the cast is joined by host James Corden in front of the water fountain featured in the show's opening credits.

"Were Ross and Rachel on a break?" the Late Late Show star asks to cheers from the live audience.

Titled "The One Where They Get Back Together," the highly anticipated one-off special was reportedly shot over three days in April and will also feature famous faces such as Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.

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Entire cast comes together for the Friends reunion trailer
The entire cast came together for the one-off HBO Max special. Photo: HBO Max.

Fans concerned for Matthew

Matthew's emotional moment comes after he sparked concern over his 'worrying' appearance in an interview with People magazine to promote the TV special event.

The interview clip, shared on Twitter on Wednesday, saw the star stumble over his 's' sounds and appear dazed while reminiscing with David and Matt.

"Matt doesn't seem very well," remarked one Twitter user after watching the clip.

"Is Matthew Perry ok? His speech is so slurred," added another.

"It pains me to see Matthew Perry like this, he just seems off, gazing at the void, speaking slowly," said a third.

Matthew Perry in the trailer for the Friends reunion special
Fans were worried about Matthew Perry after his appearance in the trailer for the Friends reunion special. Photo: People/HBO Max.

'Obstacles and challenges'

Elsewhere in the trailer, David Schwimmer, who played Ross Geller, alluded to the 'struggles' each cast member had faced in the past.

"Over the years we’ve all struggled with different obstacles and challenges, and I think in those times it’s been nice to reach out and touch base and have a call," he said.

Matthew, who played Chandler Bing, has long been open about his battle with drug and alcohol addiction.

He described himself as "out of control and very unhealthy" after a jet ski accident in 1997 saw him become addicted to the pain killer Vicodin.

Matthew also told BBC Radio 2 in 2016 that he 'doesn't remember' several years of filming Friends, a time when he was drinking vodka by the litre and turning up to set hungover. 

Friends fans have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the reunion special ever since it was announced way back in February 2020 that the gang would be getting back together.

The special will air on HBO Max on May 27 in the US, which is May 28 in Australia. BINGE or Foxtel are the likely streamers for Aussie viewers as both platforms house all of HBO Max's content, however there's been no confirmation as yet.

Matthew Perry alongside former co-stars David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc in the trailer for the Friends reunion special
Matthew sat alongside former co-stars David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc. Photo: People/HBO Max.

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