Matthew Perry Describes His Vulnerability As An 'Open Wound'

His London play helped him work through real-life issues.

If you've seen Matthew Perry's play, The End Of Longing, you'll know it's a barrel of laughs - but draws on the Friends star's real-life battles with substance abuse, too.

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Perry plays main character Jack, a troubled lothario who comes to terms with alcohol addiction after falling in love. Speaking to ET, Perry has described feeling like an 'open wound' when performing its final, poignant scenes. 

The play is now moving to Broadway and the beloved actor is super excited:

"I've never done a play in New York before, so it's very, very exciting. We just started rehearsals yesterday, and the cast is great," said the 47-year-old actor told. "So far, so good."

Perry has suffered drug and alcohol addiction so severe, he can't recall three series of Friends: "I don't remember three years of it".

He's using his experience to create powerful, redemptive drama:

"I'm always drawn to characters that improve, that are geared to try to become better men in their lives, that start off in a somewhat broken place, and are trying to improve their lives, and that's what I've tried to do in my personal life," he explained.

"I like stories that tell that story."

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"There's a speech at the very end of this play, where this character is in a very vulnerable place, and gives a very emotional speech, and I actually wrote that speech in like, three minutes.

"It was sort of a stream of consciousness and it's probably the most moving part of the piece.

"That's sort of an open wound out there for audiences to see."

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"It's an exaggerated form of myself, but I am an open wound out there by the end of the play, that's for sure," he added

The play deals with serious issues, but it's side-splittingly funny, too.

"I do believe that levity saves our lives, and this play definitely has both. It has dramatic themes and light moments, it's billed as sort of a dark, dark comedy," he said.

"It's funny, when the play opened up in previews, I thought, 'Wow, I've just written a drama here,' but then it got a lot of laughs, so I was very relieved to see that it was funny as well."

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