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Perry: Ryan is a lot like Chandler
Matthew Perry says his latest character has similar traits to Chandler in Friends
Matthew Perry has revealed his character in his new TV show is a lot like his breakthrough role Chandler Bing in Friends.
The 43-year-old actor - who played cynical but loveable Chandler for 10 years in the hit show until 2004 - stars as widowed sportscaster Ryan King in comedy Go On.
Matthew told TV blog NewsOK.com: "I think it's sort of a wearing-his-heart-on-his-sleeve kind of people that I've played a lot, and I think people can relate to that journey, maybe not that openness about it, but that journey.
"I like to play people that say things that normally people don't say, that they're sort of feeling or thinking but that they wouldn't say. And I think both Chandler and Ryan King have that aspect."
He added: "I have a tendency to try to find characters that are sort of bent or broken and on a path to become better people, and Ryan King certainly has those traits. He's a guy who I think if this tragic thing had not happened to him, he would've lived his life as sort of a rather unexplored life. But, this thing did happen to him so he reluctantly gets on this path to be a better person."
And Matthew said he loves playing Ryan just as much as he did his favourite role of Chandler.
He said: "I loved playing Chandler. I grew up playing that part. I would say probably in all honesty it's Chandler and it's this character that I'm playing now.
"The character of Ryan King is a very deep, enriching character to play because he's going through so much and he's also being very funny about it. So, I guess I would say Chandler and Ryan King."
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