Matthew Perry Randomly Blasts Keanu Reeves In Heartless Comments

Matthew Perry slams fellow actor Keanu Reeves in his new memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, for seemingly no reason. Perry is best known for his role as Chandler Bing in Friends, but the comedian also established himself as a film actor in other roles such as 17 Again and The Whole Nine Yards. However, Perry’s career has been affected frequently by his drug addiction, which he has spoken about at length in his memoir.

Because of said memoir, Perry has been in the news a great deal in recent weeks. Major excerpts have made their way online as he reveals intimate details of his life, career, and struggles with addiction in Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing. The actor admits he almost died due to opioid overuse and has spent over $9 million in attempts to reach sobriety. Perry also opens up about his dating life, including the stories of how he broke up with Julia Roberts, his crush on Jennifer Aniston, and his awkward set-up date with Cameron Diaz.

In new snippets of his memoir released via Variety, Perry discusses the tragic death of prominent Hollywood actors and comedians, including River Phoenix, Chris Farley and Heath Ledger. While mourning the loss of his friends, Perry also slams Keanu Reeves multiple times at different points, insinuating the actor shouldn’t be alive. Perry does not expand on why (or if) he dislikes the actor. It’s also worth noting that Reeves considered River Phoenix a close friend of his, and has spoken highly of the late actor on multiple occasions. Read what Perry wrote below.

« River was a beautiful man, inside and out– too beautiful for this world, it turned out. It always seems to be the real talented guys who go down. Why is it that original thinkers like River Phoenix and Heath Ledger die, but Keanu Reeves still walks among us? River was a better actor than me. I was funnier. But I certainly held my own in our scenes–no small feat when I look back decades later. »

« His [Farley’s] disease had progressed faster than mine had. (Plus, I had a healthy fear of the word ‘heroin,’ a fear we did not share.) I punched a hole through Jennifer Aniston’s dressing room wall when I found out. Keanu Reeves walks among us. I had to promote ‘Almost Heroes’ two weeks after he died. I found myself publicly discussing his death from drugs and alcohol. I was high the whole time. »

For several years now, Reeves has been enjoying a major career renaissance spurred by plenty of online affection. Reeves became a household name for his roles in the John Wick and Matrix franchises, but the actor is beloved beyond his acting. Reeves is regarded as one of the nicest stars in Hollywood, and lives up to the reputation in all of his public appearances and when meeting fans. There have been countless stories online about his generosity, and in an age where more and more public figures are called out for problematic behavior, Reeves’ good nature has made him incredibly popular. What’s more, in the last several years, Reeves has become known beyond his role as an actor via multiple memes on the Internet about his likability and attractiveness.

While Reeves has not yet publicly responded to Perry’s comments, they seem to come out of nowhere. Reeves and Perry have never crossed paths on screen significantly, but it seems unlikely that these comments are meant to poke fun at the actor given the context of the quotes. There is already a great deal of pushback against Perry, and it remains to be seen what will come of this situation. Whatever the reason, these comments only reflect badly on Perry, not Reeves.

Source: Variety