“Why Is Heath Ledger Dead, but Reeves ‘Still Walks Among Us?’” Matthew Perry makes shocking comment on Matrix star, Keanu.
In his memoir Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, former Friends co-star Matthew Perry took aim at beloved Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves, implying that he lacks skill and even wished that he had died instead of Australian actor Heath Ledger.
While there are many surprising discoveries in Perry’s new memoir Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, including the fact that he had to leave a film set when his heart stopped for five minutes, the most shocking are two seemingly random insults Perry makes at fellow actor Keanu Reeves, Variety reports.
Throughout the book, Perry wonders aloud why Reeves is still alive when other “great” artists and “unique thinkers” like River Phoenix and Chris Farley have met untimely ends.
“The list of geniuses who were ahead of their time is too long to detail here — suffice to say, near the top of any such list should be my costar in ‘A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon,’ River Phoenix,” his memoir reads.
It continues: “River was a beautiful man, inside and out — too beautiful for this world, it turned out. It always seems to be the really talented guys who go down. Why is it that the 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.”
Perry mentions Keanu Reeves again when discussing the late and great comedian Chris Farley. “His 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 entire time,” Perry admitted.
You can pre-order Perry’s book Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing before it releases in a few days on November 1st.