Actor Matthew Perry has expressed his regret for making disparaging remarks about fellow actor Keanu Reeves in his newly released memoir, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing.” The book primarily focuses on Perry’s prolonged battle with substance abuse and addiction.
According to sources close to the matter, Perry has taken the extreme step of removing Reeves’ name from any future editions of the book. The move comes after the actor received considerable backlash for his comments about Reeves. Perry’s remarks caused a stir in the entertainment industry and among fans of both actors.
The exact nature of Perry’s comments about Reeves remains unclear. However, it is evident that Perry now realises the impact of his words and seeks to make amends. Perry has announced that he will be revising his book following the controversial inclusion of Keanu Reeves‘ name in the text. The announcement was made during a panel discussion at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, where Perry addressed a capacity crowd at USC’s Bovard Auditorium.
Matthew Perry Gives a Dig at Keanu Reeves in His Book
During the discussion, moderated by Matt Brennan, deputy editor for arts and entertainment at The Times, Perry publicly apologized for his insensitive comments about Reeves in the book. Perry had expressed regret that former co-stars River Phoenix and Chris Farley had died while Reeves was still alive.
Matthew Perry revealed that he had included Reeves’ name in the book since they both live on the same street. However, he acknowledged that it was a “stupid” and “mean” thing to do and that he has since apologised publicly. The author also confirmed that any future versions of the book will not feature Reeves’ name and that he would apologise in person if he ever had the opportunity to run into him.
The announcement comes after Perry’s book caused a stir in the media, with many criticising his insensitive comments towards Reeves. It remains to be seen how the revisions will be received by readers, but Perry’s public apology and commitment to making changes have been widely praised.
Matthew Perry, famous for his role in the hit TV series “Friends,” shared some personal stories that had the audience laughing but also opened up about a harrowing experience with drugs that nearly took his life.
During the candid conversation, Matthew Perry also reflected on his time on “Friends” and offered a reassessment of the show that made him a household name. Despite being proud that a new generation of fans has come to appreciate the series almost two decades after its finale, Perry acknowledged the criticism that the show lacked diversity.
Reflecting on the past, Matthew Perry acknowledged that during his early days in show business, diversity was not a topic of conversation. “It was a different time,” he said. “Nobody talked about diversity. At the same time, we were all stupid.” However, the actor noted that times have changed and diversity is now a major issue in the entertainment industry. “Now,” Perry said, “diversity is a huge issue. It’s the right thing to do.”
Matthew Perry also opened up about the writing process for his memoir, which has been praised for its honesty and vulnerability. He revealed that he started writing during a road trip from Florida to Los Angeles, and after three days, he thought he had completed the book. However, his manager set him straight, telling Perry that 100 pages of notes were not yet a full-fledged book.
Matthew Perry also revealed that writing his memoir was a crucial part of his recovery journey from addiction, which helped him overcome feelings of angst, anxiety, and depression. The former Friends star shared that the process of writing was cathartic, as it allowed him to pour out his most painful experiences—from hospital stays to stints in rehab—quickly and efficiently.
Matthew Perry has expressed that, while he is proud of the legacy of the show, he would like to be remembered for more than just his portrayal of the beloved character. During an interview, Perry was asked about how he would like to be remembered, to which he replied, “As a guy who lived life, loved well, lived well, and helped people. Running into me was a good thing, not something bad.”