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Matthew Perry on 17 Again

Published April 14, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of TWC
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At a press conference for the film 17 Again, a journalist pointed out a mathematical discrepancy. In 1989, the main character is 17 with a pregnant girlfriend. Today, his oldest daughter is applying to colleges, no more than 18 years old. As the older version of the nostalgic man, Matthew Perry responded to the query, “That’s the logic problem you have with this film?”

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Perry transforms into Zac Efron, his 17-year-old self, so he can relive his glory days. “I finally realized like on day five why Zac was looking at me so much. Burr Steers, who directed the movie, is a very smart guy. He thought it was a good idea for us to rehearse together and read each other’s lines for each other. So, that was a big part of the rehearsal process. And he would say, ‘How would you say this?’ And I would say, ‘How would you say this?’ It ended up being kind of a cool part of the movie, I think.”

Everyone has regrets, but Perry’s own nostalgia is more recent. “I’d like to go back to like 9:15 this morning so I could have had maybe two more cups of coffee and rethink my first answer.”


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For Perry, going back to 17 might not be so cool. “I would love to be 17 if I looked like this dude [Efron]. That’d be great. I looked okay, but you know… No, I went to a high school that didn’t have many people in it. There were like 60 people in my senior class but I still was not the cool [guy]. There was like a group of cool kids and then a group of really dorky kids and I was probably the coolest of the dorky kids.”

When a 10 year run on Friends is in your future, going back to high school seems like a step down. “I wish I could go back and sort of just tell myself to chill out a little bit more and not take everything so seriously because everything’s so serious when you’re that age. I’m much happier now than I was when I was that age so I think things get better. I think it has to do with not taking everything so seriously. I think you just get a little lighter as you get older. I think it sort of takes care of itself. I think it just keeps getting better.”

17 Again opens to theaters April 17th.

For the trailers, posters and more movie info, go to the 17 Again Movie Page.
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