Last year, the Friends icon revealed that he offered the High School Musical star the part after he played a younger version of Matthew’s character in in the 2009 movie 17 Again.
However, when approached by Matthew to take on the role of a 20-years-younger version of himself in the romcom he’d written, Zac turned down the opportunity.
Asked on SiriusXM who his ‘dream younger version’ of himself was, Matthew confirmed: ‘Well, it was Zac Efron. But he said no. So, we’ve got to find someone who says yes.’
Last week, Athenna Crosby, a friend of Matthew Perry reiterated to People that the late actor: ‘wanted Zac Efron, who’s played him already to play him again because he said he did such a good job’.
No way! Matthew Perry wanted Zac Efron to play him in a biopic about his life, but he turned down the opportunity
Oh! Last year, Matthew revealed that he offered Zac the part after he played a younger version of Matthew’s character in the 2009 movie 17 Again (pictured)
Mini me: Asked who his ‘dream younger version’ of himself was, Matthew confirmed: ‘Well, it was Zac Efron. But he said no. So, we’ve got to find someone who says yes’ (Pictured in 2009)
In 17 Again, Matthew played Mike, a middle-aged husband and father who found himself pining for his high school glory days.
A freak encounter with a time vortex sends Mike back 20 years to become his teenage self (played by Zac Efron) – with the opportunity to make different choices.
For the female lead in Matthew’s biopic, the Friends actor revealed to SiriusXM that The White Lotus actress Aubrey Plaza ‘almost did it.’
He added: ‘And that would have been perfect because I think she’s great. There’s some dramatic stuff in this too. She came very close, and it would have been perfect.’
The resurfaced news comes a week after Friends star Matthew died aged 54 after accidentally drowning in his jacuzzi at home.
The actor, who shot to fame as the sarcastic Chandler Bing in the seminal 90s sitcom, was found dead at his house in Los Angeles on Saturday October 28, after emergency crews were called at around 4pm local time.
He had reportedly played a game of Pickleball – a sport similar to tennis but played on a smaller court – earlier in the day, before sending his assistant out on an errand. When they returned, Matthew was found unresponsive in his hot tub.
Friends, which followed the lives of six friends in their 20s living in New York, was a smash hit across the globe when it aired between 1994 and 2004, and re-runs still remain hugely popular years later.
Praise: Last week, a friend of Matthew reiterated that he: ‘wanted Zac Efron, who’s played him already to play him again because he said he did such a good job’ (Pictured: Zac in 17 Again)
Matthew won a worldwide fanbase for his role as Chandler, earning him an Emmy nomination in 2002 – but behind the glitz and glamour, he secretly battled substance abuse for decades.
The common narcotics were not found in Matthew’s system during initial tests, according to a TMZ report. But more in-depth testing is underway and would show if the beloved actor had any prescription medication in his system.
When investigators responded to his home, they did not find any illegal drugs, but found prescription medication that was properly labeled and kept in storage bottles.
Matthew’s cause of death remains unconfirmed, but initial toxicology reports found that there was no meth or fentanyl in his system when he drowned.
On Monday, Jennifer Aniston and the rest of the cast – Courtney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow – issued a statement describing their shock and sadness.
‘We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family,’ the cast said in a joint statement on Monday.
‘There is so much to say, but right now we’re going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss. In time we will say more, as and when we are able.
‘For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty’s family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world.’