Matthew Perry asks why “Keanu Reeves still walks among us” if Heath Ledger and River Phoenix are dead, later apologizes

Matthew Perry has made plenty of revelations in his upcoming memoir Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, but the admission that many fans found distasteful was his questioning why “Keanu Reeves still walks among us,” despite being a “talented” actor and “original is thinker” like Heath Ledger, Chris Farley and River Phoenix are no more.

According to sort that friends star wrote in his memoirs: “The list of geniuses ahead of their time is too long to detail here—suffice it to say that at the top of such a list was my co-star in A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, River Phoenix.” He continued, “River was a beautiful man, inside and out – too beautiful for this world, as it turned out. It always seems to be the really talented guys that go down. Why do original thinkers like River Phoenix and Heath Ledger die, but Keanu Reeves still walks among us?”

Speaking about Chris Farley’s death, Perry wrote that he “punched a hole through Jennifer Aniston’s dressing room wall” when he found out about it. “I punched a hole through Jennifer Aniston’s dressing room wall when I found out. Keanu Reeves is among us. I almost had to promote Helden two weeks after he died; I have publicly discussed his death from drugs and alcohol. I was high the whole time,” he wrote.

Perry’s comments about Reeves weren’t well received by his fans and he has now apologized for that. He issued a statement saying it was his fault for choosing a random name and should have chosen his own name instead. “Actually, I’m a big fan of Keanu. I just chose a random name, my mistake. I apologize. I should have used my own name instead,” Deadline reported.

Perry has spoken at length about his battle with addiction and his attempts at recovery in his new memoir.



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