Following speculation that he didn’t like Keanu Reeves based on passages from his new book, Matthew Perry explained this week that he is in fact a “big fan” of the actor.
“River [Phoenix] was a beautiful man, inside and out — too beautiful for this world, it turned out,” wrote Perry in his forthcoming book “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing.” “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?”
He writes of Chris Farley in another passage: “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.”
In an interview with People magazine on Wednesday, the “Friends” actor said: “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.”
Following the publication of the excerpts, a number of famous people defended Reeves on social media. Perry discusses overcoming addiction and health concerns in his book.