Matthew Perry plans to remove an ominous passage from his memoir. As we previously reported, the Friends star wrote about his disdain for Keanu Reeves’ life. Perry wrote in his memoir, “Why is it that the original thinkers like River Phoenix and Heath Ledger die, but Keanu Reeves still walks among us?” In Perry’s first movie, A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (1988), Perry acted alongside Reeves’ longtime best friend River Phoenix. In the film, Perry plays Phoenix’s best friend and they became close while filming in Chicago. River tragically overdosed at age 23 in 1993.
Perry remembered River as a “beautiful man inside and out and too beautiful for this world, it turned out. It always seems to be the really talented guys who go down.” Perry recounted the day he heard the news of Phoneix dying outside the Viper Room in West Hollywood, adding, “I heard the screaming from my apartment; went back to bed; woke up to the news.”
Elsewhere in the book, Perry took another dig at Reeves, 58, following Chris Farley’s death at age 33 in 1997. Perry co-starred with Farley on the 1998 comedy Almost Heroes. At this point, Perry was battling addiction at the height of his Friends fame. Once again, Perry didn’t think it was fair that Reeves was still alive, writing, “I punched a hole through Jennifer Aniston’s dressing room wall when I found out. Keanu Reeves walks among us.”
Not So Neighborly
Now, Perry, 53, said that he will remove the John Wick star’s name from future editions of his 2022 memoir that covers his journey with substance abuse and addiction. Per People, the actor said he pulled his name because they live on the same street. “I’ve apologized publicly to him,” Perry said. “Any future versions of the book will not have his name in it.”
He admitted, “I said a stupid thing. It was a mean thing to do.” Perry said. If he ever runs into Keanu, he added that he will apologize. “It was just stupid,” he added. In November, a source said that Keanu “thought the comments came out of left field. It’s kind of backfired on Matthew anyway, which is why he had to apologize.”