Matthew Perry Scrubs In
Still wondering if you'll really see any of Matt LeBlanc's old Friends visit Joey? Us, too! Especially since the spin-off's been, shall we say, "creatively challenged" since its start. For his part, Matthew Perry — aka Joey's ex-roomie, Chandler Bing — says the Chan Chan Man and Co. have no plans to wing their way out to L.A. anytime soon.
"No, that's not come up," Perry explains. "I think that's gonna come up a little bit later, once they really get going. Maybe in Year 2, we'll pop by."
Erm, if there is a second year, that is. Meanwhile, Perry's back on NBC's air tonight in Scrubs (9:30 pm/ET), where he's working behind the camera lens as well as in front of it. "It was kind of an offer to do both," he chuckles. "'Come be on Scrubs and we'll let you direct.' The show runner, Bill Lawrence, wrote for the first year of Friends. He's been a friend for a long time."
The sitch: Perry and his father, actor John Bennett Perry, are portraying father and son on screen, too. "[My character's] a loser," he laughs. "That was fun to play. The story line is my father needs a kidney and I have to give him one of mine. We have a contentious relationship and I don't want to give it to him. That's where Zach Braff comes in and helps us out.
"My father took direction great," Perry notes. "He's also a wonderful musician, and we were able to incorporate him playing guitar into the show."
Rather than come onto the Sacred Heart Hospital set like some big man, Perry humbly viewed his directorial debut as an educational experience. "I'd like to follow in the footsteps of young Zach Braff and direct a movie someday," he says. "I found that directing a one-camera show has taught me enough to possibly fake my way through directing [my own] little movie.
"There's no talk about me stopping acting," he adds, by way of reassuring fans. "I'm [starting filming on] a drama called Two Weeks
with multiple Academy Award-winner Sally Field
in January. I've been offered [opportunities] to direct things in the past, but simply didn't know how. Now I know how, so I want to do both."