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In the couple of weeks before Matthew Perry passed away on Saturday, Oct. 28 at the age of 54, he posted frequently on social media, with most of the updates including the word "Mattman."
This included his final Instagram post, which showed the Friends actor sitting in a swimming pool sometime during the night, with the caption reading, “Oh, so warm water swirling around makes you feel good? I’m Mattman."
Wendy Naugle, editor-in-chief of People magazine, revealed that the name had to do with something he was writing and actively working on.
While speaking about Perry in an interview with Today, she said, "He was writing a little script, that’s where the ‘Mattman’ reference comes from in his Instagram." She also noted that he had “signed on to a new drama film" and was "playing pickleball daily," describing Perry shortly before he died as "doing so well."
Naugle didn't share any further details regarding the script Perry was said to be writing.
Another Instagram post that included the phrase "Mattman" was a video posted on Oct. 22 showing the bright moon in the night sky, as the caption read, "Do you understand what I'm trying to tell you? - I'm Mattman." The five other Instagram posts Perry shared before also referenced "Mattman" or the superhero Batman, while his posts on X did as well.
Perry mentioned Batman in his memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, as well, writing, "Someday you, too, might be called upon to do something important, so be ready for it. And when whatever happens, just think, What would Batman do? and do that." This was the final sentence of the 2022 book.
It's possible that more details surrounding Perry's personal project will come to light over time.