Matthew Perry Mattman: The late Matthew Perry, known for his iconic role as Chandler Bing on the hit TV series “Friends,” had a unique superhero project pitch that he shared with “Don’t Look Up” director Adam McKay.
Perry’s final social media post included the phrase, “I’m Mattman,” indicating his love for the DC hero Batman. He had envisioned an autobiographical superhero project, either a movie or a series, aptly titled “Mattman.”
While working on McKay’s 2021 film, “Don’t Look Up,” Perry shared his “Mattman” idea. The concept revolved around a character named Matt, a middle-aged man portrayed by Perry himself, who had a somewhat messy life. However, after inheriting $2 billion from a deceased relative, Matt decides to use the inheritance to become a superhero. McKay saw this pitch as a reflection of Perry’s personal experiences.
According to McKay, a movie idea often carries deeper meaning, and when he heard Perry’s concept, he found it intriguing. Perry’s idea seemed to resonate with his own life journey.
McKay proposed an alternative project based on Perry, one that would be more grounded and without superhero elements, but the actor was not interested.
While Perry had a scene filmed for “Don’t Look Up,” it was ultimately cut from the final movie. The film, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio, received several award nominations, including four Oscars.
Matthew Perry’s unique “Mattman” concept showcased his creative spirit and his desire to explore new avenues in storytelling.