Matthew Perry on ABC’s ‘Mr. Sunshine’

Matthew Perry returns to TV in his new comedy, 'Mr. Sunshine'.

Fred Topelby Fred Topel

Matthew Perry on ABC's 'Mr. Sunshine'

With Matthew Perry debuting the new show Mr. Sunshine, 2/3 of the Friends are back on TV (only Schwimmer directing and Aniston the movie star hold out.) On Sunshine, Perry plays the manager of a hockey arena trying to take his life in a more positive dimension. It could be a change of pace for the sarcastic actor, so I jumped in with a few questions at his Television Critics Association presentation last summer. Perry also writes and produces the show.


CraveOnline: You have a great sarcastic sense of humor. In trying to be nice do you have to try to avoid going negative? 

Matthew Perry: Oh, that’s true, yeah. We should do something like that, like the put down is right there and then I can’t use it.


CraveOnline: Do you do that in real life too? 

Matthew Perry: Yeah, I do. But it is small steps. It is like asking someone how you are and then actually being interested in the answer. That’s how far I’ve got.


CraveOnline: Do you follow any of the philosophies like The Secret or The Power of Now? 

Matthew Perry: Not really. We do have a character on the show played by Andrea Anders who does follow all of that stuff a great deal.


CraveOnline: When you write the script do you find you improvise less? 

Matthew Perry: That’s funny. I guess inherent in the fact that it’s on the page, that’s what I think it’s the funniest joke but no, we are trying to keep a really open atmosphere through all of this. We’ve invited the cast to come up with funny stuff, and I want to make sure it’s a real creative environment because that is what I had for 10 years so I’m trying.


CraveOnline: Do you ever see an episode of Friends on and go “I don’t remember that one?” 

Matthew Perry: Yeah, it’s really funny, I just don’t do that. I don’t watch Friends anymore. When it was on I used to, but I don’t anymore.