Friends fans might know the script for the season 10 finale word for word, but did you know Chandler saying the last line came about after a personal request from Matthew Perry?
In recent weeks, the actor has been opening up like never before about his life while promoting his new memoir, speaking out about the extent of his past addiction struggles, his brush with death and his crushes on his co-stars.
In his widely-discussed book Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, the 53-year-old revealed that when the final episode of the beloved sitcom was being written, he took co-creator and executive producer Marta Kauffman to one side to make a request.
He recalled how he said to Marta: ‘“Nobody else will care about this except me,” I said. “So, may I please have the last line?”’
In the excerpt obtained by Deadline, he wrote how that interaction was why at the end of the episode, when Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel suggests the group go for one last coffee at Central Perk, Chandler then closes the script by jokingly asking: ‘Where?’
‘That’s why as we all troop out of the apartment, and Rachel has suggested one last coffee, I got to bring the curtain down on Friends,’ Matthew said.
The very last scene of the show features all six of the ensemble cast – Matthew, Jennifer, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc – as well as Paul Rudd, as they make their way out of Chandler and Monica’s apartment for the last time.
Chandler and Monica have just brought home their adopted twin babies, while they’re on the verge of moving out to a house in the suburbs to raise their family.
Reflecting on his last line, Matthew added that he loved how Ross star David reacted to his quip, which closed out 10 years of the celebrated comedy.
‘I love the look on Schwimmer’s face as I deliver that line – it’s the perfect mixture of affection and amusement, exactly what the show Friends had always given to the world,’ he recollected.
The final episode of Friends season 10, which aired in 2004, became the fifth-most-watched series finale of all time, with more than 52million people tuning in to watch it.
Friends is available to stream on Netflix.