Matthew Perry is apologizing for passages from his upcoming book Friends, Lovers and Horror that reference Keanu Reeves.
Among the excerpts that have been posted online from the memoir, a November 1 hit from Flatiron Books, are passages in which Friend alum opened up about his own struggles with substance abuse and lamented that his former co-stars River Phoenix and Chris Farley had been addicted while Reeves was “still walking among us”.
In a statement shared with the media included PeoplePerry said, “I’m really a big fan of Keanu. I just picked a random name, my mistake. I’m sorry. I should have used my own name instead.”
As widely reported, Perry writes in the book that Phoenix, with whom he shared the screen in the 1988 film A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, is “a beautiful man, inside and out.” Perry added of the actor who died of a drug overdose in 1993, “It seems like it’s always the talented guys that really go down. Why are original thinkers like River Phoenix and Heath Ledger dead, but Keanu Reeves still walk among us? “
Perry is reminded of Reeves again when he reminisces about Farley, who died of a drug overdose in December 1997, five months before the pair’s comedy hit theaters. Almost heroic.
He writes about Saturday night live prominent death, “I punched a hole through the wall of Jennifer Aniston’s dressing room when I found out. Keanu Reeves walks among us. I had to advertise Almost heroic two weeks after his death; I found myself openly discussing his death from drugs and alcohol. I was very tall the whole time. “
Perry’s book offers no clearer explanation as to why Reeves’ name is mentioned. Reeves, who doesn’t seem to share any film or TV credits with Perry, co-starred with Phoenix in 1991 My own private Idaho. Since Phoenix’s death, Reeves has been open about their close friendship and the pain the loss has caused him.
Representatives for Perry and the publisher did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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