Matthew Per­ry and the Cult of Celebri­ty

I nev­er saw an episode of “Friends,” but that is prob­a­bly because I am from the tele­vi­sion era that began with black- and-white pic­tures and tele­vi­sion screens so small you had to draw a chair up to the box to see a flick­er­ing image. Back then, celebri­ty was a byprod­uct of tal­ent and accom­plish­ment. I did have break­fast once with anoth­er “Friends” cast mem­ber, David Schwim­mer, who was in town to pro­mote a film. The fem …