We know (and love) him as Chandler Bing on Friends. But last night, actor Matthew Perry was a million miles away from his character on the hit show as he took part in a VERY heated debate on Newsnight.
The actor, who has battled drink and drug abuse, appeared on the show to argue in favour of specialist courts where former addicts sit as magistrates dealing with abuse-related crimes. Yet he had a very, er, lively clash with his ‘opponent’ - Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens – so much so in fact, that Newsnight editor Ian Katz tweeted that he had dispatched a producer to take them out of the building through different exits.
During the debate, Matthew, 44, said, ‘I’m an addict. If I have a drink I can’t stop…’. The star, who won the role of Chandler Bing when he was 24, has spoken in the past of his addiction to alcohol and the painkiller vicodin. He explained he was in favour of the specialist courts, adding, ‘I know that they work. People that go through drug court have a 55% less chance of ever seeing handcuffs ever again.’
But this was rejected by Peter Hitchens, who also argued that more people had taken drugs since possession was effectively made legal. He also questioned the existence of addiction – causing Matthew to respond this was “as ludicrous as saying Peter Pan is real”.
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