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Matthew Perry

I'll NEVER Bury the Hatchet

with Peter Hitchens

12/20/2013 6:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Matthew Perry is engaged in a war with a British journalist ... a war that has no end in sight -- and it's all over how the U.K. treats drug and alcohol addicts.

Perry was at LAX yesterday when we brought up his fiery exchange with Peter Hitchens on BBC's "Newsnight" ... in which Hitchens (who believes in stronger punishments for drug users) argued that addiction is nothing more than a "fantasy."

During the show, Hitchens went off on Perry and another guest ... saying, "Well you two believe in this fantasy of addiction, a complete fantasy, in which people lose all power over themselves and become victims of this terrible, frightening disease after which they cannot stop taking drugs. If you really believe that then you would presumably think that the best thing would be they never ever come in contact with those drugs."

Perry was furious ... calling his comments "ludicrous" and explaining, “I'm a drug addict. I'm a person that, if I have a drink, I can't stop. And so it would be following your ideology that I'm choosing to do that.”

Hitchens agreed.

Now that a few days have passed and the two have had a chance to cool down, we asked Perry if there was a chance they could ever be friends.

Perry made it clear ... Hitchens shouldn't ever expect a Christmas card.

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31.

tomas    

Cancer is a disease, addiction is a choice from weak character.

253 days ago
32.

Mickey MacD    

Wow this reporter really is ignorant. There is no doubt drug addiction is real, and very complicated. There are many reasons why once becomes addicted. It affects the limbic (pleasure) system in many different ways. There is another simpler reason too: anything that is done habitually rewires the brain forever. And people trying to come off narcotics in particular have an uphill battle. It may seem that they are not disciplined, but it has to do with this rewiring of the brain. Drug addiction is one of the worst things that can happen to anyone. Coming off drugs like Benzos and Barbituates affect the Gabba in your brain and can change your whole personality. It is coming off the drug that can mess a person (with some drugs) up.To say that drug addiction is not real is absolutely ridiculous and one would be uninformed in saying so.

253 days ago
33.

DrLecter    

The big part to this story that everyone missed is that Peter Hitchens is the brother of the late Christopher Hitchens. Christopher Hitchens was the most formidable pro-atheist debater on the planet, and could do it with THREE FINGERS OF SCOTCH (JOHNNY WALKER BLACK, OF COURSE) in him, and you wouldn't have a chance.

253 days ago
34.

nof    

Hitchens entire-smug-act was and is to provoke.

Blindside.

Trip Matthew up with questions, throw MP's timing- off.

Matthew Perry is a successful, trained Hollywood comedic actor with a side of Improv.

So good luck on that one.

252 days ago
35.

nof    

No hatchet to bury.

Mismatch.

The-Voice-Of-Reason vs. a Provocateur.

252 days ago
36.

nof    

It's now kosher to blind-side a celeb - pizz them off.

Put another notch in your belt.

Increase your self by decreasing them.

Entire childhood was spent like this - being decreased.

So low-life's could feel better themselves.

Multiply that times about million...

...when you have someone as famous as a Matthew
Perry.

Me I got off easy.

252 days ago
37.

Truth    

THE BRIT IS RIGHT. THEY SAY ONE CANT BE SUCCESSFUL IN REHAB UNLESS THEY WANT TO STOP THEMSELVES... WELL THEN, THAT'S PROOF. IT'S WILLPOWER TO START AND TO STOP. PROBLEM IS SOME PEEPS HAVE A GENETIC PREDISPOSITION TO ADDICTION AND THAT BEGINS WITH CIGGIES. NICOTINE IS ADDICTIVE AND TRIGGERS THAT GENE IN PEOPLE. THE DRUG IS A PRECURSOR TO HARDER ILLICIT DRUGS. NEVER KNOWN A DRUG ADDICT TO NOT SMOKE CIGS AS WELL. #TRUTH!!

252 days ago
38.

Barb    

Hmmm. Peter Hitchens' own brother Christopher Hitchens, a well-respected journalist, was a raging alcoholic. Classy of Matthew not to bring THAT up in the conversation. Or, maybe he wasn't aware of that fact. Peter certainly wasn't going to mention it.

252 days ago
39.

Patti    

Perry proposed that addicts should get special treatment under the law because they have an addiction. Maybe he has lived too long in LaLa land but did not react well when others thought drug addicts need to take responsibility for the their actions.

252 days ago
40.

JalenDUI    

rr

252 days ago
41.

CRITICXTREME::    

In this pic, it shows that the years have not been good to him. Damn! And some black folks want to be white.

252 days ago
42.

superchicken    

He looks like he needs a warm bowl of oatmeal at the Kingdom Hall.

252 days ago
43.

tdwelding86    

Alcohol is a physical addiction.... you can die from withdrawls after drinking too much.... wtf is this argument about... ever drank too much n woke up sweating with the shakes..... I kno nothing of heroin but ive had friends and heard of people dying... that brits argument was totally off.. he needs to get off his high horse

252 days ago
44.

tdwelding86    

How stupid especially knwowing first hand its genetic with my mom.. then watching my uncle die from this disease sept 19 2013.... its a genetic disposition and a disease thats passed on... ****in scientifically proven.... what studies has this guy done.... gingivitus or howecer u spell it is also a disease amongst those people stuck on that island lol.... they dont have the willpower to brush thier teeth?

252 days ago
45.

tdwelding86    

By the way being an alcoholic doesnt mean u have to drink 10 times a day... I kno im an alcoholic

252 days ago
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