Matthew Perry apologizes for Keanu Reeves snipe in new book

Could he be more sorry? Friends star Matthew Perry has apologized for passages in his forthcoming memoir that slammed fellow actor – and beloved internet friend – Keanu Reeves, who he says is a huge fan.

In his book Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, the 53-year-old actor goes into detail about his decades-long drug and alcohol addiction and its aftermath. He also checks the names of some famous colleagues and friends who died from drug overdoses during his career, namely the 1993 death of close friend River Phoenix (the “Stand By Me” actor was also Reeve’s best friend) and the death of Comedian Chris Farley overdosed and Oscar winner Heath Ledger.

“Why do original thinkers like River Phoenix and Heath Ledger die, but Keanu Reeves still walks among us?” Perry wrote in the memoir.

Perry, best known for playing Chandler Bing on “Friends,” throws another shot at the 58-year-old “Matrix” star, mentioning Reeves again when reminiscing about the death of Farley, with whom Perry co-starred in Almost Heroes.

“I punched a hole through Jennifer Aniston’s dressing room wall when I found out. Keanu Reeves is among us,” Perry wrote, referring to his earlier comments in the memoir.

The excerpts sparked a backlash from Reeves fans, prompting Perry to issue a brief public apology

“I’m actually a huge fan of Keanu,” Perry said in a statement to Deadline on Wednesday. “I just chose a random name, my mistake. I apologize. I should have used my own name instead.”

Representatives for Perry and Reeves did not immediately respond to The Times requests for comment Thursday.

A number of Perry’s anecdotes have made headlines ahead of the book’s scheduled release on Tuesday.

The actor also writes about a near-fatal surgery that left his heart stopping for five minutes because he was taking painkillers before doctors administered propofol for the procedure. He also says he was on life support when his colon ruptured from an opioid addiction, and gossip about “an elaborate smooch” with his “Sydney” co-star Valerie Bertinelli while her husband, rock star Eddie Van Halen, was passed one few meters away. (Perry wrote that their marriage was “clearly…in trouble” at the time.)

The “One Day at a Time” star appeared to respond to Perry’s allegations via TikTok on Wednesday, jumping on the viral “anti-hero” audio trend started by singer Taylor Swift on Friday.

“Anyone else misbehaving in their 20s and early 30s? Are you embarrassed?” She captioned the clip, leaving out Perry’s name and any direct reference to the alleged incident. But commentators on the clip were quick to connect the dots.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/books/story/2022-10-27/matthew-perry-book-keanu-reeves-apology Matthew Perry apologizes for Keanu Reeves snipe in new book

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