Matthew Perry: Kicking Up Laughs in ‘Studio 60'
September 5, 2006

Matthew Perry is saying farewell to his good-natured "Friends" and hello to the back-stabbing, cutthroat nature of late night TV.

Only "Extra" is taking you to the set of "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" with Perry, Bradley Whitford, Amanda Peet, Timothy Busfield, Christine Lahti and D.L. Hughley.

"Bradley is the director of the show and I am the writer," Perry dished.

Amanda Peet is the headstrong new network president. "Very willful and sassy," Peet said of her new character.

But all of the "Studio 60" actors have one thing in common: trying to master the rapid-fire Aaron Sorkin scenes. "There's a lot of walking around these hallways and talking," Perry admitted.

In front of the camera, Perry is all business. But Bradley let us in on a little set secret about his co-star. "Matt is a lot of fun," Bradley said. "Matt is truly one of the funniest people I've ever met."

And Matthew has equal adoration for his new co-star.

"Brad is a rather goofy gentleman, and I can be that way too," he said. "We both are very serious when it comes to the work but also kind of equally serious about joking around and keeping things light."

While we were on the set, Perry and Busfield were having fun with guest star Christine Lahti, who got the role because, as she puts it, "I slept with the director." (Lahti is married to "Studio 60" producer and director Thomas Schlamme.)

And before the studio wrapped, Busfield had one more thing to point out to his co-star. "Tommy Schlamme has nine Emmy Awards, his wife, one Academy Award," he said. "Which would you rather have?"

"I'd rather have a wife," Matthew admitted.

"Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" debuts Sept. 18.


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