Matthew Perry removes derogatory remarks about Keanu Reeves from his memoir
Matthew Perry has decided to make things right by removing some derogatory statements he made about Keanu Reeves in his memoir “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing” which was released in November. During a recent sit-down at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the “Friends” star admitted that he regretted referring to the “John Wick” actor in a negative light, and he is taking steps to rectify the situation. In his book, Perry questioned how Reeves was still alive while other “really talented guys” like River Phoenix and Chris Farley had died.
Perry acknowledged that his comments about Reeves were hurtful and said, “I said a stupid thing. It was a mean thing to do.” He explained that he pulled Reeves’ name from the memoir out of respect for him since they live on the same street. Perry also clarified that he had not spoken to Reeves about the change in his memoir and that if they met, he would apologize to him in person.
Before the book’s release, Perry was criticized for calling out the “Matrix” star in print. He later apologized for his mistake, 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.” Reeves’ fans and other celebrities took to social media to defend him after the excerpts from the book were released.
Perry has spent over $9 million trying to battle his decades-long addiction and become sober. He has pursued rehab 15 times and underwent 14 surgeries for addiction-related medical issues. Perry was also on life support for a brief period and was in a coma for two weeks.
Writing the memoir was part of his recovery, and he said that emotions came “pouring out of me – the painful stuff, hospitals, rehabs, all of this stuff — it poured out of me. It went really quickly.” Perry remembered thinking about Reeves, “What a horrible life this guy has had.”
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