Matthew Perry recently recalled on giving up a film role opposite Meryl Streep amid the throes of addiction. During his latest appearance at The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, while promoting his new memoir ‘Friends, Lovers, And The Big Terrible Thing’, the actor was asked by Colbert what happened to him instead of filming opposite Streep in the 2021 Adam McKay film Don’t Look Up.
Colbert asked, “I got CPR and the guy who saved my life broke eight ribs in the process,’ said Perry. ‘May I ask why you were getting CPR?” While referencing the anesthetic used for surgery, Matthew shared, “They were doing a procedure because I had pain in my stomach and they gave me propofol and my heart stopped for five minutes.”
However, on asked whether he was legally dead for five minutes, Friends star said, “Well, no, I didn’t flatline, but my heart did stop for five minutes.” Perry said he woke up in a different hospital 10 hours later. The actor added, “I had to give up the biggest movie I’d ever gotten. I had four scenes with Meryl Streep.”
He joked that Streep was asking about him on the set of the star-studded film that premiered on Netflix on December 24, 2021, following a limited theatrical release. Perry tweeted in October 2020 about joining the cast of the apocalyptic political satire black comedy that starred Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Ariana Grande, Kid Cudi and Cate Blanchett.
‘I just booked a movie with Meryl Streep! If you need me, I’ll be on the treadmill for the next 6 weeks. #Don’tlookup,’ he posted on October 14, 2020. ‘I am not sure why Leonardo DiCaprio is billed ahead of me in the upcoming film ” Don’t Look Up” But I don’t want you guys to worry about it. I know some people. We’ll figure this thing out. #Couldnotbemoreexcited matthew perry @MatthewPerry,’ Perry tweeted the next day.