Keanu Reeves has evidently reacted to Matthew Perry’s comments about him in his new memoir.
An anonymous insider shared Reeves’ surprised reaction with Us Weekly after the Friends star’s dig at the John Wick actor went public. “Keanu thought the comments came out of left field,” the source said. “It’s kind of backfired on Matthew anyway, which is why he had to apologize.” In Perry’s memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, he lamented that Reeves “still walks among us,” while actors like River Phoenix and Heath Ledger died tragically young.
“It always seems to be the really talented guys who go down. Why is it that the original thinkers like River Phoenix and Heath Ledger die, but Keanu Reeves still walks among us?” Perry wrote. He continued by praising the late Phoenix for being “too beautiful for this world.” Perry and Phoenix had starred together in 1988’s A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon. After Phoenix’s death, Reeves called the late actor one of his closest friends after they both appeared in 1991’s My Own Private Idaho.
Since the backlash following’s Perry’s comment about Reeves, the Friends actor has since apologized. “I’m actually a big fan of Keanu,” Perry’s statement read. “I just chose a random name, my mistake. I apologize. I should have used my own name instead.” In addition to his comments about Reeves, Perry also claimed he made out with Valerie Bertinelli while she was still married.
In his memoir, Perry also name-checked Reeves while discussing his reaction to the premature death of Saturday Night Live‘s Chris Farley. Perry and Farley had starred together in 1998’s Almost Heroes. “I punched a hole through Jennifer Aniston’s dressing room wall when I found out,” Perry wrote. “I had to promote Almost Heroes two weeks after he died; I found myself publicly discussing his death from drugs and alcohol. I was high the entire time.” Perry then reiterated that despite Farley’s passing, Reeves “still walks among us.”
In addition to reacting to young Hollywood celebrities’ deaths, Perry opened up about his own longtime struggle with alcohol and drug addiction. In his memoir, the actor revealed to have spent close to $9 million to maintain his sobriety. Perry’s struggles with addiction continued beyond his time on Friends. In 2018, the actor’s colon burst, which left him on life support. Perry also had to depart from the cast of Netflix’s Don’t Look Up after his heart stopped for five minutes.
Source: Us Weekly