The lines concerning Keanu Reeves will be removed from future editions of Matthew Perry’s book, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing.”
In his memoir, which will be published in November 2022, the “Friends” actor acknowledged doing a “stupid thing” by disparaging “The Matrix” star.
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During an appearance at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Saturday, Variety reported Matthew Perry telling audiences, “I said a stupid thing. It was a mean thing to do.”
Offering some explanation, he added, “I pulled his name because I live on the same street. Any future versions of the book will not have his name in it.”
Matthew Perry clumsily reflects on performers who left the world too soon in his memoir, which details his problems with popularity and substance abuse.
“Why is it that the original thinkers like River Phoenix and Heath Ledger die, but Keanu Reeves still walks among us?” it reads.
Matthew Perry returns to the idea while writing about Chris Farley’s death in 1997 in the book.
Following publication, the sitcom star quickly reversed her position, telling the media, “I’m actually a big fan of Keanu.” My mistake was to choose a random name. Please accept my apologies. Instead, I should have used my own name.”
Matthew Perry said at the occasion that he had only “publicly” apologized to the “John Wick” actor.
“If I run into the guy, I’ll apologize. It was just stupid,” he reasoned.
According to the “17 Again” actor, writing his narrative was a healing experience.
“It came pouring out of me, the painful stuff, hospitals, rehabs, all of this stuff, it poured out of me,” he said. “It went really quickly.”