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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Between a dialect coach who told him to exaggerate the accent and recent experience in a London play that required him to loudly project his voice onstage, Matthew Perry was a little over-the-top when he began filming his role as Sen. Edward Kennedy in a new television miniseries.

“I sounded like Foghorn Leghorn,” he said Friday.

The former “Friends” star appears with Katie Holmes, who reprises her role as Jackie Kennedy in “The Kennedys — After Camelot,” which premieres April 2 on the Reelz channel.

Perry said playing Kennedy was the most challenging role of his career. “I took this job because it scared me,” he said.

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Perry’s most recent sitcom, CBS’ remake of “The Odd Couple,” is not likely to return. He said he’s drawn to writing, which he expects to be a big part of his career moving forward. He wrote and starred in a play, “The End of Longing,” in London and he expects to bring it to New York.

He describes it as a dark comedy with emotional scenes.

“One time I went to my computer to see how many times I could write the f-word,” he said. “It was 138. Don’t bring your children, but please come.”