Matthew Perry has taken back his shockingly negative feelings about Keanu Reeves as he has apologized for what he wrote in his upcoming memoir Friends, Lovers, And The Big Terrible Thing. In the book, Perry, who recently described his history with drug addiction, writes, ‘Why is it that the original thinkers like River Phoenix and Heath Ledger die, but Keanu Reeves still walks among us?’
After the revelation, the Friends star released a statement clarifying his comments saying, “I’m actually a big fan of Keanu. ‘I just chose a random name, my mistake. I apologize. I should have used my own name instead.” In the quote, Perry seemed to be barely able to hold back his hate for the Matrix star, whom he doesn’t appear to have ever collaborated with while discussing their mutual friend River Phoenix, who died in 1993 of a drug overdose at only 23.
Reeves has called Phoenix one of his ‘closet friends of that era,’ as reported by the Irish Times. Perry also had a strong connection with the rising star after the future TV mainstay made his feature film debut opposite him in 1988’s A Night In The Life Of Jimmy Reardon. In his memoir, Perry describes how their time filming the movie in Chicago helped establish a strong bond, while also tagging another presumed jab at Reeves.
Perry writes, “River was 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.” Phoenix famously died of a combined drug overdose from heroin and cocaine outside the Viper Room in West Hollywood, and Perry writes that he ‘heard the screaming from my apartment; went back to bed; woke up to the news.’ He added that he broke down in sobs after learning his friend had died.
Perry’s jabs and Reeves weren’t limited to their mutual connection to Phoenix, though. He also blasted the John Wick star in another aside while discussing his late friend Chris Farley, who died in 1997 at age 33 of a drug overdose from combining a stimulant (cocaine) with a depressant (morphine), a similar concoction to the speedball that killed Phoenix.