Matthew Perry Q&A: ‘The Odd Couple’
"The show really hinges on the chemistry between Oscar and Felix. That's the whole deal. We got really lucky in hiring the great Thomas Lennon to play Felix. The show works and is funny," says Matthew Perry about the new adaptation of the classic comedy "The Odd Couple."
The hit CBS laffer centers on sloppy sportscaster Oscar Madison (Perry) and finicky photographer Felix Unger (Lennon) who share an apartment after divorcing their wives. In our recent video chat, Perry admits, "I was a huge fan of the TV show and a giant fan of the movie. I was a big fan of Walter Matthau and Jack Klugman, so playing Oscar Madison has been a dream-come-true role… The key to playing Oscar is to not do an impression of these guys because they were so wonderful."
Perry also serves as an executive producer and writer for the freshman program, which has been renewed by CBS to return next mid-season. He co-wrote the pilot episode with Joe Keenan ("Frasier") and Danny Jacobson ("Mad About You") with direction by Mark Cendrowski ("The Big Bang Theory"). In addition to an all-star team behind-the scenes, the series features familiar faces including Yvette Nicole Brown ("Community"), Wendell Pierce ("The Wire"), Dave Foley ("NewsRadio"), Lindsay Sloane ("Sabrina, the Teenage Witch"), and guest stars Lauren Graham ("Gilmore Girls") and Geoff Stults ("7th Heaven").
Perry has racked up four Emmy nominations to date: Best Comedy Actor for "Friends" in 2002, guest acting bids for "The West Wing" (2003, 2004) and one for the TV movie "The Ron Clark Story" (2007).