Matthew Perry says he’s a ‘big fan’ of Keanu Reeves after asking in book why actor ‘walks among us’


Matthew Perry clarified this week that he is in fact a “huge fan” of Keanu Reeves after excerpts from his new book led some to believe he disliked the actor.

“River [Phoenix] was a handsome man, inside and out – too handsome for this world, it turned out,” Perry wrote in his forthcoming book “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing.” always be the really talented guys coming down. Why do original thinkers like River Phoenix and Heath Ledger die, but Keanu Reeves still walks among us?

In another section, he wrote of Chris Farley: “His disease had progressed faster than mine. (Plus, I had a healthy fear of the word ‘heroin’, a fear we didn’t share). I punched a hole in Jennifer Aniston’s bedroom wall dressing when I discovered it. Keanu Reeves Walks Among Us.”

On Tuesday, the ‘Friends’ actor told People magazine “I’m actually a huge Keanu fan. I just picked a random name, my mistake. I apologize. I should have used my own. name instead.”

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Matthew Perry, left, apologized for using the name Keanu Reeves when writing in the book about the deaths of “really talented guys”, but the ‘Speed’ actor is “still walking among us”.
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Several celebrities came to Reeves’ defense on social media after the snippets were published. “Personally thrilled to have Keanu Reeves walking among us,” tweeted Rachel Zegler and Linda Carter wrote, “Come on…Keanu Reeves is like one of those ice cream cakes. No one doesn’t like him!”

In his book, Perry talks about overcoming addiction and health issues — including a time when his heart stopped for five minutes — his career and his time on “Friends” and his relationships, among other topics.

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Matthew Perry was chosen "Friends" when he was 24.  From LR Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt Le Blanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay.

Matthew Perry was cast in ‘Friends’ at the age of 24. From LR Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt Le Blanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay.
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He revealed in the memoir that the ‘Friends’ cast had been supportive of his addiction – including Jennifer Aniston – and that at one point he was taking 55 Vicodin tablets and drinking a liter of vodka a day.

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Keanu Reeves and Alexandra Grant attend the 2022 MOCA Gala at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on June 04, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

Keanu Reeves and Alexandra Grant attend the 2022 MOCA Gala at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on June 04, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
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“Not only do I have the disease, but I also have it badly. I have it as badly as possible, in fact. It’s my back to the wall all the time. It’s going to kill me,” he wrote in the book, adding “It’s very strange to live in a world where if you died it would shock people but surprise no one.”

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