It was an M. Night to recollect.
“Friends” star Matthew Perry had a wildly drunken encounter with “Sixth Sense” director M. Night Shyamalan about 20 years in the past —however the incident developed right into a wacky case of nearly-mistaken identification that has since turn into Hollywood legend.
The incident first got here to mild throughout a 2016 episode of “The Graham Norton Show,” when “17 Again” star Perry claimed to have partied arduous with the Indian-American auteur within the early 2000s. Perry, 51, stated that — on the time — his story was dismissed by a pal who believed that he was hanging with just a few “random Indian dude.”
However, in a twist worthy of one in all his motion pictures, M. Night Shyamalan himself revealed that the Hollywood city legend was, in reality, true. He dropped the boozy bombshell throughout a 2021 video look on Norton’s discuss present — simply as buzz began to swirl round Perry’s return to the spotlight within the “Friends” reunion on HBO Max.
“I’m watching it [Perry’s 2016 appearance], and here’s the twist: We did actually hang out,” stated Shyamalan, 50, who was selling the second season of his Apple TV+ collection “Servant.”
The Philadelphia-born filmmaker stated he used his “amateur sleuth” abilities to infer why Perry’s pal thought he’d encountered a Shyamalan clone and never the director himself.
“So, we were hanging out and we were having fun, and Matthew’s like, ‘Let’s go to another place,’ ” Shyamalan defined.
“And I’m like, ‘I’m a little tired. I’m going to leave here and you can go to the other place.’ “Meanwhile, there’s this kind of fan that’s been hanging about and he’s also Indian. And he’s a big fan, he’s come over a couple of times, wants to hang out with us.”
That’s when the mixup occurred, in accordance with Shyamalan.
The “Signs” director stated he believes that the “Friends” star “went on to continue partying and this other Indian dude joined him,” which led Perry’s buddy to imagine that he’d mistaken the fan for M. Night Shyamalan.
That subsequently precipitated the “Almost Heroes” actor to second-guess himself — when, Shyamalan stated, “We actually had this evening together.”
Now, Shyamalan, for one, desires to make issues proper.
“All these years later, I have to see him because we did hang out, we had a great time and he was very funny,” he stated.
Thankfully, the misunderstanding wasn’t Perry’s first time brushing up in opposition to the scream service provider. The “Friends” actor had reportedly first met “The Happening” filmmaker Shyamalan about 20 years in the past after presenting his “The Whole Nine Yards” co-star Bruce Willis with the People’s Choice Award for Best Actor.
Perry had reportedly met the director alongside with “Sixth Sense” star Haley Joel Osment on the after-party, at a time when the star was “still drinking,” he advised Norton.
Perry just lately had followers in a panic when he was seen apparently slurring his speech in a promo video for the upcoming, highly-anticipated “Friends” reunion particular, set to premiere May 27 on HBO Max. It was unclear what might have been amiss, however the star has been open about his previous struggles with medication and alcohol — which acquired so dangerous at one level that he couldn’t recall filming a number of seasons of the NBC sitcom.
Perry stated he had obtained specific help from “Friends” castmate Cox, 56, in addition to a sober coach who lived near him in Malibu.
Despite his sobriety milestones, the actor has been the topic of controversy of late. Most just lately, Perry was accused of “taking advantage” of youthful girls by TikTok person Kate Haralson, who had matched with him on the dating app Raya when she was 19. She just lately advised Page Six that she had purposefully adjusted the courting app’s settings so she’d match with older guys “for the joke of it.”
Haralson even uploaded a video of their considerably uneventful dialog, which resulted in her getting booted from Raya for violating the platform’s privateness guidelines.