Matthew Perry was ‘scared’ to take on the new role

Actor Matthew Perry poses in the CBS Studios on the rooftop summer soiree in West Hollywood, California, May 18, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok – RTX1DK3W

Pasadena, Calif. – Matthew Perry is best known for his sitcom roles, but he needs a break from sitcoms for now.

“… You won’t see me on a sitcom for a while,” he told FOX411.

Perry will appear as Ted Kennedy in the upcoming series “The Kennedy’s – After Camelot.”

“Tasks such as this (“The Kennedy’s – After Camelot’) and the writing… they are even more interesting for me,” he told us. “I don’t even know how many episodes of television series I’ve done, but I have a lot of them and this stuff is more interesting.”

The actor said that he took on the role, because it is a challenge.

“I took this job because it scared me. I read the first four scripts and the imagination scared me,” he said. “There was a lot of emotion and tragedy to be played, only the age of the stuff. It is by far the most challenging role I’ve ever played.”

In speaking to reporters at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, he said that he admired Kennedy.

“If a man who is forced to transform his life many times, I admire the changes he has made,” he said.

Perry said he is impressed by the way Kennedy changed his life from a “younger man who had a lot of bad habits, to the man who really helped a lot of people.”

Perry stars alongside Katie Holmes as she steps back in Jackie Kennedy’s shoes for the second time in six years.

“I feel so honored to play Jackie for the second time,” she said. “In particular, this part of her life, because it was in the years ’70 and Jon (Cassar, director) and I talked about how that would affect the appearance of this miniseries, we got a different way of working then we worked together before. Again, it was a step in from the first time we did it”

“The Kennedy’s – After Camelot,” premieres on April 2nd on Reelz.

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