Keanu Reeves has ‘responded’ after Matthew Perry questioned why the actor ‘still walks among us’ in his new autobiography, reports US Magazine.
Friends star Perry, 53, caused a social media storm after he wrote in his memoir, Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, ‘Why is it that the original thinkers like River Phoenix and Heath Ledger die, but Keanu Reeves still walks among us?’
A source close to Reeves, 58 – who is known as the ‘internet’s boyfriend’ due to his caring nature and numerous good deeds – told the publication: ‘Keanu thought the comments came out of left field.
Response: Keanu Reeves (left) has ‘responded’ after Matthew Perry (right) questioned why the actor ‘still walks among us’ in his new autobiography, reports US Magazine
‘It’s kind of backfired on Matthew anyway, which is why he had to apologize.’
DailyMail.com has contacted Reeves’ representative for comment.
This comes after Perry backtracked on his shockingly negative feelings about Reeves.
After the revelation, the Friends actor released a statement clarifying his comments to People on Wednesday as he said: ‘I’m actually a big fan of Keanu.
Although Reeves has called Phoenix one of his ‘closet friends of that era,’ Perry also had a strong connection to him after he made his feature film debut opposite Phoenix in 1988’s A Night In The Life Of Jimmy Reardon; Phoenix and Reeves in My Own Private Idaho
‘I just chose a random name, my mistake. I apologize. I should have used my own name instead.’
In the excerpt Perry seemed to be barely able to hold back his disdain for the Matrix star — whom he doesn’t appear to have ever collaborated with — while discussing their mutual friend River Phoenix, who died in 1993 of a drug overdose at only 23.
Although Reeves has called Phoenix one of his ‘closet friends of that era,’ according to the Irish Times, Perry also had a strong connection with the rising star after the future TV mainstay made his feature film debut opposite him in 1988’s A Night In The Life Of Jimmy Reardon.
In his memoir, Perry describes how their time filming the movie in Chicago helped establish a strong bond, while also tagging another presumed jab at Reeves.
‘River was a beautiful man inside and out and too beautiful for this world, it turned out. It always seems to be the really talented guys who go down,’ he writes.
Say what? A source close to Reeves, 58 – who is known as the ‘internet’s boyfriend’ due to his caring nature and numerous good deeds – told the publication: ‘Keanu thought the comments came out of left field’
Phoenix famously died of a combined drug overdose from heroin and cocaine outside the Viper Room in West Hollywood, and Perry writes that he ‘heard the screaming from my apartment; went back to bed; woke up to the news.’
He added that he broke down in sobs after learning his friend had died.
Perry’s jabs and Reeves weren’t limited to their mutual connection to Phoenix, though.
He also blasted the John Wick star in another aside while discussing his late friend Chris Farley, who died in 1997 at age 33 of a drug overdose from combining a stimulant (cocaine) with a depressant (morphine), a similar concoction to the speedball that killed Phoenix.
Perry and Farley had starred together in the critically reviled Christopher Guest–directed comedy Almost Heroes, which was released in the year following Farley’s death.
‘I punched a hole through Jennifer Aniston’s dressing room wall when I found out [about Farley’s death],’ he writes, adding, ‘Keanu Reeves walks among us.’
Aside from his grievances about other actors, Perry delves into his extensive history with drug addiction in his memoir and in recent interviews, which may have made the deaths of Phoenix, Ledger and Farley particularly painful.
While speaking to People earlier this month, he revealed that his colon ruptured as a result of his opioid addiction when he was 49. Doctors gave him only a two percent chance of survival, and the medical emergency left him in a coma for two weeks, followed by months more in the hospital.
He required 14 surgeries to help repair all of the abdominal damage, and he admitted to having gone to rehab 15 times over the years in hopes of kicking his drug addiction.
Sour grapes: This comes after Perry backtracked on his shockingly negative feelings about Reeves
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