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London Calling

Here's what the cast of ''Friends'' is up to this week. Matthew Perry gets perverse with Minnie Driver. Plus, is Brad Pitt too good for a return visit to ''Friends''?

Matthew Perry, Friends | 'CHICAGO' CUB Perry is up for some ''Perversity'' in his first stage role
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'CHICAGO' CUB Perry is up for some ''Perversity'' in his first stage role

MINNIE, ME Matthew Perry is shifting from ''Friends''' sexual diversity in New York to ''Sexual Perversity in Chicago.'' Actually, he's heading to London where, Variety reports, he'll costar with Minnie Driver in a revival of the 1974 David Mamet play that was the source of the 1986 film ''About Last Night.'' Perry and Driver will take the roles played onscreen by Rob Lowe and Demi Moore; ''Simpsons'' voice actor Hank Azaria will take the Jim Belushi role, with the remaining female role yet to be cast. The battle-of-the-sexes drama, which is scheduled for a 13-week run beginning May 3, is not only Perry's first performance on the West End, it's his first professional stage performance anywhere.

PITT STOP Despite Brad Pitt's memorable ''Friends'' appearance last season as an antagonist of Rachel's, he won't be revisiting his wife's show anytime soon, according to our favorite tabloid rumor of the week. According to London's Daily Mirror, he told Jennifer Aniston, ''You can do these things once. Then that's it. Doing it again just wouldn't have the same impact.'' The tabloid's source said Aniston found Pitt's decision ''a bummer,'' so he tried to smooth it over. The source said, ''Brad diplomatically explained to Jen he saw himself as a serious actor.'' Um, right. Maybe he's just jealous that they were both nominated for Emmys for ''Friends,'' but she won and he didn't.

Originally posted Feb 12, 2003