Following a tasteless remark at Reeves’ expense, Perry later apologized for it, claiming he’s a fan of the John Wick actor.


Friends star Matthew Perry has been letting all the dirty laundry out lately. Maybe perhaps a little too much dirty laundry. While talking about some of the sadder deaths he’s had to experience since working in show business, he took it to the extreme when he strongly hinted that other actors who are still alive deserve to be dead more than those who have passed on.


In his memoir Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, Perry made a tasteless remark about Keanu Reeves still being alive while other actors who he got to know, like River Phoenix and Heath Ledger, have tragically passed on. However, Perry has apologized for his comments towards Reeves following backlash.

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The following excerpt came from Perry’s memoir. “River was a beautiful man, inside and out — too beautiful for this world, it turned out. It always seems to be the really talented guys who go down. Why is it that the original thinkers like River Phoenix and Heath Ledger die, but Keanu Reeves still walks among us?” Shortly after this excerpt went public, Perry made a statement to People Magazine to clarify his comments. “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.” While Perry may have been making a joke, it’s hard to see a name that would make a joke like this work.

On the one hand, taking away the reference to Reeves, it’s easy to understand why those deaths weighed as heavily as they did on Perry. Not just because he lost friends due to drug addictions but because, as an addict himself, it must have been beyond frightening to see that those actors died in part because of the addictions they were suffering from before their deaths around the same age as them. Perry has been able to avoid dying young like Farley and Phoenix, but it sounds as though he’s been to hell and back trying to fight off the various addictions he’s dealt with for the past few decades.

Props to Perry for giving the public their first real detailed look at what his life has been like to get past his demons once and for all, but it doesn’t take much for the public to lose sympathy if you make insensitive remarks like that no matter what struggles you are going through. Especially in the social media era. Luckily Perry acknowledged his comments towards Reeves right away and made the appropriate amends. Still, though, that had to be one of the strangest attempts at dark humor ever published.

Friends can currently be streamed on HBO Max.

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Source: People

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