UPDATE: Matthew Perry has apologized for his questioning why Keanu Reeves "still walks among us" in a statement to People. His statement reads - "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."
Matthew Perry has a new memoir coming out, titled Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, and in the book, Perry takes on the subject of talented actors dying before their time. In one of the strangest passages, he then questions why Keanu Reeves is "still walking among us."
Perry begins by praising actor, River Phoenix. “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?"
The statement definitely comes out of left field, and had the internet quickly defending Keanu Reeves, who has seemingly done nothing wrong.
Come on...— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) October 26, 2022
Keanu Reeves is like one of those frozen cakes. Nobody doesn't like him!
personally thrilled that keanu reeves walks among us— rachel zegler (she/her/hers) (@rachelzegler) October 26, 2022
Imagine kicking off your goodwill tour with “Keanu Reeves should be dead.”— Evan Dickson (@EvanDickson) October 26, 2022
Of all the people in Hollywood, there’s absolutely no reason to come for Keanu Reeves who even after personal tragedy has remained, by accounts, generous and kind. He just makes movies and comics, treats his cast and crew right, and minds his own business.— Richard NewBe Afraid, Be Very Afraid (@RICHARDLNEWBY) October 26, 2022
In 1999, his daughter Ava Archer Syme-Reeves was stillborn. 2 Years later his girlfriend Jennifer Maria Syme was killed in a car accident. Through all of it, Reeves has tried to maintain a positive outlook on life.
Imagine coming for Keanu Reeves like that. Might as well let the internet know you think all kittens should be drowned at birth. Good luck out there, man.— Scott Wampler: Salem's Thot™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) October 26, 2022
keanu reeves opening internet explorer to check his email only to discover that chandler from friends is publicly calling for his death— kathleen (@fordhoIden) October 26, 2022
Keanu Reeves is widely regarded as a national treasure because of his kindness, empathy, and talent, whereas Matthew Perry is known for his pill addiction and playing the unfunniest character on a show full of unfunny characters.— The Fourteenth’s Bearded Seat (@drocprboi) October 26, 2022
Could he BE any more bitter? https://t.co/QBQS83bZWL
A well-documented alcoholic, Matthew Perry is most known for his role in the show Friends...and not much else. While Keanu Reeves boasts an eclectic professional resume not limited to one of the most successful franchises in film history with The Matrix.
By all accounts Reeves is also a damn nice guy. So maybe Matthew should pick a different battle.