Matthew Perry had a cameo in the hit movie don’t look up, revealing why it was cut from the film’s final iteration. Adam McKay’s satirical film was one of the most controversial and high-profile films of 2021, as it showed extreme versions of both sides of the climate debate. Beyond the film’s subject matter, the star-studded cast of Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep, and more made this a film that would always impress the masses.
Perry, best known for his role as Chandler Bing in the beloved sitcom friends, initially belonged to the film’s large and eclectic cast. Perry is a comedic actor whose timing and acting would have made him perfect for McKay’s end-of-the-world comedy. The cameo was so set in stone that McKay and the crew went so far as to film the first part of a scene between Perry and Jonah Hill. It was a role Perry was overjoyed to have landed, claiming it would be his biggest role to date, though the cameo was mysteriously cut.
In a recent report by IndieWire, Perry revealed why the cameo he was so excited about was eventually left out Don’t look up. Perry struggled with a long battle with addiction, saying it was a health scare that resulted in eight of his ribs being broken, preventing him from finishing the scene he had started. Check out what Perry shared below:
It wasn’t a heart attack – I didn’t have a flatline – but nothing was wrong. I was told that a sturdy Swiss really didn’t want the guy from “Friends” to die on his table and perform CPR on me for five minutes, beating and pounding on my chest. If I hadn’t been on ‘Friends’, would he have stopped after three minutes? Did ‘Friends’ Save My Life Again?
Perry’s battle for sobriety has cost him millions
Perry’s struggle to stay sober in the ’90s has been well documented since then, but details about his battles continue to surface. Recently, Perry went into detail about his fears and addiction, revealing that he has undergone 15 different trips to rehab, as well as 14 surgeries on his stomach. He also revealed that his journey to sobriety was partly due to this, as those trips to rehabilitation centers and hospitals cost him quite a bit of money. He estimates that his path to sobriety alone would have cost him nearly $9 million, and that doesn’t even include the costs he incurred when he didn’t seek help. He has had brushes with death during this time, in which he was even put on an ECMO machine, which essentially acted as Perry’s heart and lungs.
It seems that in his struggle, Perry’s don’t look up cameo was one of the least of the things he could have lost. However, he has survived everything his journey has put him through, and is grateful to be alive, and for fans of the former friends star, it’s great to see that he has recovered and is willing to share his struggles and experiences during these times. Hopefully, Perry will be healthy enough to achieve his goal of playing a major role, similar to his cameo in don’t look up sometime in the near future.
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