Matthew Perry has had some tough years, we get it. However, many don’t understand why he grudges an all-around great guy, Keanu Reeves, and why Perry questioned that Reeves “still walks among us?” Earlier this week, before the release of his new memoir, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing”, media outlets released a few excerpts. And it seems Perry is not very happy about having Reeves in the land of the living.
Let’s get into what Perry has against Reeves, and why he has also issued an apology to the “John Wick” star after the controversy.
Matthew Perry Admits To Taking 55 Vicodin A Day
Perry was cast as Chandler Bing on the now cult sitcom, “Friends” when he was 24, and according to book excerpts, his alcohol addiction was just surfacing at the time. Said Perry, “I could handle it, kind of. But by the time I was 34, I was really entrenched in a lot of trouble. But there were years that I was sober during that time. Season 9 was the year that I was sober the whole way through. And guess which season I got nominated for best actor? I was like, ‘That should tell me something.'”
At one point in “Friends”, he was down to 128 pounds. While fans must have noticed the sudden drop in pounds, they could not have known how bad it got for Perry, who was taking 55 Vicodin a day. Perry also said, “I didn’t know how to stop. If the police came over to my house and said, ‘If you drink tonight, we’re going to take you to jail,’ I’d start packing. I couldn’t stop because the disease and the addiction is progressive. So it gets worse and worse as you grow older.”
Today, Perry claims he is sober although he refuses to divulge how many days, months, or years it has been. All he says is that he can now share the memoir because he’s in a safe place now, away from his addiction.
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But Why The Statement Against Keanu Reeves?
Most of Perry’s fans have shown support for him, writing to him on social media with statements like:
“Man, I feel you, big time. You’re a hero for overcoming that shit, brother.”
“It takes a strong person to reveal all of your struggles so publicly. You will help many people through your book. I have already pre-ordered mine. Much love to you.”
What most fans don’t understand, is the “hate” against Keanu Reeves.
In one of the sections of the book, released as an excerpt, Perry mentions his friendship with the late actor River Phoenix and how he was a beautiful man, “inside and out.” Continues Perry, “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?”
This is hardly the only mention. Another excerpt shared also showed a little more vitriol when he writes about the death of comedian and actor Chris Farley. Wrote Perry, “His disease had progressed faster than mine had. (Plus, I had a healthy fear of the word ‘heroin,’ a fear we did not share). I punched a hole through Jennifer Aniston‘s dressing room wall when I found out. Keanu Reeves walks among us.”
Social media users denounced Perry’s statements outright, with comments like:
“Imagine coming for Keanu Reeves like that. Might as well let the internet know you think all kittens should be drowned at birth. Good luck out there, man.”
this is such a fucked up thing to say, especially when keanu reeves was devastated over river’s death.
— michael parks- PROTECT TRANS KIDS (@mikeyparksacar) October 26, 2022
Meanwhile, actress Lynda Carter and the original Wonder Woman tweeted:
Keanu Reeves is like one of those frozen cakes. Nobody doesn’t like him!
— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) October 26, 2022
Rachel Zegler, meanwhile, shared her joy about the fact:
personally thrilled that keanu reeves walks among us
— rachel zegler (she/her/hers) (@rachelzegler) October 26, 2022
Matthew Perry Apologizes For Keanu Reeves’ Comment
It’s possible, Perry did not realize the depth of the Internet’s love for Keanu Reeves and spoke randomly. Only, we don’t quite get how he chose Reeves’ name as a “random” one.
The 53-year-old actor, now says, he misspoke. Perry gave a statement to media outlets, 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.”
The Internet seems fine with that, though far from mollified.
my man found out real fast that Keanu Reeves is one of the world’s most well-liked stars and it’s no longer 1997 where he’s kind of a punchline for “bad acting” pic.twitter.com/Xi0vF9iFtJ
— TAPE (@tapemachines) October 27, 2022
That said given Reeves, we are sure Perry is already forgiven.
Imagine being the most unfunny person on the most unfunny show and then deciding to attack Keanu Reeves, couldn’t be me. pic.twitter.com/3tNPKArYxj
— Jayesh (@jazzleberrywhy) October 27, 2022