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Salma Hayek pays tribute to her Fools Rush In costar Matthew Perry


Salma Hayek paid tribute to him Fools rush his teammate Matthew Perry, who died on October 28 at the age of 54.

The two played star-crossed lovers in the 1997 romantic comedy, which Perry called “probably my best movie.”

Salma Hayek and Matthew Perry at the premiere of ‘Fools Rush In’.
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“Two days ago I received the shocking news that Matthew Perry was no longer with us. It took me a few days to process this deep sadness,” Hayek wrote on Instagram, sharing several photos of the teammates. “There is a special bond that is created when you share dreams with someone and work together to make them come true.”

Hayek also shared a quote from Perry, who was asked last year if Chandler Bing from Friends was his “most valuable role”. He replied: “I made a film that I loved called Fools rush with Salma Hayek – it was probably my best film.” Hayek wrote that she was “very moved” by the feeling.

Fools rush is a 1997 romantic comedy film directed by Andrew Tennant (Forever, Coupling) starring Perry as New York project manager Alex Whitman and Hayek as free-spirited Mexican-American photographer Isabel Fuentes. After a chance night together, Isabel becomes pregnant and plans to keep and raise the baby alone, but Alex pursues a relationship that quickly turns into marriage. Hilarity and romance ensue.

“Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek in ‘Fools Rush In'”.
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“Over the years, he and I have found ourselves looking back on this significant period of our lives with a deep sense of nostalgia and gratitude,” Hayek continued in his message. “My friend, you left far too soon, but I will continue to cherish your stupidity, your perseverance and your beautiful heart. Farewell, sweet Matthew, we will never forget you.”

In his memoirs published last year, Friends, lovers and the big terrible thing, Perry fondly discussed the making of the film, playfully tackling Hayek’s ideas for “very elaborate and long” scenes. But in the end, he left the film with a feeling of accomplishment.

“I was jumping around doing my little funny things, and (Tennant) would take me aside and say, ‘You don’t have to do that. You’re interesting enough to watch without doing that,'” Perry recalled, admitting: “This line of thinking allowed him to put in one of the best performances of my career. Could that be a different way of saying Matty, you are enoughthe words I’ve wanted to hear all my life?

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