Earlier this week, “Buddies” star Matthew Perry made the information for some complicated feedback he made about Keanu Reeves in his upcoming memoir, “Buddies, Lovers And The Massive Horrible Factor,” out November 1. Now it seems Perry needs to retract these feedback, explaining he selected Reeve’s title at random and he doesn’t have any problem with the actor.
EW stories that Perry issued a public apology concerning the components of his memoir that seem to slander Reeves. “I’m truly an enormous fan of Keanu,” Perry mentioned in an announcement to Folks. “I simply selected a random title, my mistake. I apologize. I ought to have used my very own title as a substitute.”
Perry references Reeves twice within the upcoming guide, the primary time when he recounts the 1993 dying of actor and shut pal River Phoenix. “River was a fantastic man, in and out – too stunning for this world, it turned out. It at all times appears to be the actually gifted guys who go down,” Perry wrote in his memoir. “Why is it that the unique thinkers like River Phoenix and Heath Ledger die, however Keanu Reeves walks amongst us?” Phoenix, like Perry, additionally struggled with dependancy earlier than his dying, however he was additionally considered one of Reeve’s closest pals, so the reference to Reeves is particularly troubling.
Reeve’s title seems once more when Perry references the 1997 dying of comic and “SNL” star Chris Farley. “His illness had progressed quicker than mine had,” Perry wrote about Farley’s dying. “I punched a gap by Jennifer Aniston‘s dressing room wall once I came upon. Keanu Reeves walks amongst us.” It’s about that Perry means to make use of Reeves’ title as a chorus to focus on the absurd, tragic facets of dependancy, the place gifted individuals might die out of the blue from an overdose whereas different individuals unafflicted with the illness don’t. However contemplating Reeves’ tragic background, and his shut relationship with Phoenix, Perry’s feedback come off as troubling and uncouth. Why choose Reeves’ title at random in any respect?
EW reached out to representatives for Perry and Reeves, however nobody responded instantly for remark. Optimistically, Perry’s follow-up feedback are right, and the actor did choose Keanu’s title randomly for an ill-advised stylistic flourish to pad out his guide. In any other case, Perry’s option to reference Reeves really feel flagrant and vindictive for no obvious motive.
Dependancy is a standard theme in Perry’s memoir. The actor struggled with substance abuse his whole profession, getting into rehab 15 occasions through the years. “I didn’t know cease,” he wrote in his memoir. “If the police came visiting to my home and mentioned, ‘Should you drink tonight, we’re going to take you to jail,’ I’d begin packing. I couldn’t cease as a result of the illness and the dependancy is progressive. So it will get worse and worse as you get older.”
So, does Matthew Perry have beef with Keanu Reeves? If Perry’s follow-up feedback are true, this appears like a case of poor judgment on his half. However given Reeves’ monumental recognition and his shut friendship with Phoenix, Perry’s digs at him really feel each off-base and loaded. Or maybe that is simply the misstep of a troubled particular person and there’s nothing left to say about it.