Inside Matthew Perry's Friendship With Craig Bierko

Matthew Perry revealed in his memoir that Craig Bierko requested him and Hank Azaria which present provide he ought to settle for — “Greatest Mates” or “Mates Like Us.” (“Mates Like Us” was the unique identify for “Mates.”) Perry mentioned that he and Azaria each really useful “Mates Like Us,” wherein Bierko can be part of an ensemble. However as an alternative, Bierko went with the opposite possibility the place he’d have a starring position. Perry did not simply advocate which half Bierko ought to take; Marta Kauffman, co-creator of “Mates” later confirmed that he’d even helped Bierko with the audition (through Self-importance Honest).

Then Bierko stopped speaking to Perry for the primary two years of “Mates,” because the present turned a cultural phenomenon and “Greatest Mates” did not get picked up. Ultimately, Bierko lastly reached out and admitted that the connection had damaged down due to Perry’s success. Perry mentioned Bierko advised him, “I couldn’t deal with that you simply received wealthy and well-known doing a task that I turned down,” through YouTube. Perry reassured Bierko that even with the celebrity, “It would not do what all of us thought it will. It would not repair something.”