The “Friends” actor Matthew Perry recently expressed regret at some disparaging comments he made about Keanu Reeves in his tell-all memoir, “Friends, Lovers And The Big Terrible Thing,” which came out last fall. Speaking at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Perry pledged to take out future references to Keanu Reeves in his memoir. He had written “Why is it that the original thinkers like River Phoenix and Heath Ledger die, but Keanu Reeves still walks among us?” in his memoir.
Matthew Perry details his battle with addiction and how “Friends” helped him cope, among other details of his life in the memoir. In November, he apologized for the Reeves diss and admitted that he was a big fan of Keanu. He said that he chose a random name and it was his mistake.
In the panel moderated by L.A. Times Deputy Arts and Entertainment Editor Matt Brennan, Perry said, “I said a stupid thing. It was a mean thing to do. I pulled his name because I live on the same street. I’ve apologized publicly to him. Any future versions of the book will not have his name in it.” Perry also vowed to apologize to Reeves if he runs into him privately.
The incident shows how celebrities have to be careful about what they say in public or print, as it can have consequences later. In this case, Perry’s comments about Reeves have caused him to edit his memoir again. It reminds us that we should always think before we speak and be mindful of our words’ impact.