Matthew Perry Recalls Exiting ‘Don’t Look Up’ After Medical Scare

Matthew Perry


A missed alternative. Matthew Perry landed a job within the 2021 Netflix movie Don’t Look Up however needed to exit the venture as a consequence of a well being scare.

In his upcoming memoir, Pals, Lovers and the Massive Horrible Factor, Perry, 53, particulars his decades-long battle with drug and alcohol habit and the ensuing medical problems. In line with Rolling Stone, the Pals alum writes that he hung out at a rehab middle in Switzerland amid the filming of Don’t Look Up.

Throughout his keep, he was administered the anesthesia drug propofol earlier than a surgical procedure to assist along with his abdomen ache. The 17 Once more actor additionally had hydrocodone in his system because the time, and the mix of medicine had critical penalties.

“I used to be given the shot at 11:00 A.M. I wakened eleven hours later in a special hospital. Apparently, the propofol had stopped my coronary heart. For 5 minutes. It wasn’t a coronary heart assault — I didn’t flatline — however nothing had been beating,” Perry writes, per the outlet.

The Massachusetts native then quips that his position on a sure well-known sitcom is perhaps the rationale he survived the shut name. “I used to be instructed that some beefy Swiss man actually didn’t need the man from Pals dying on his desk and did CPR on me for the complete 5 minutes, beating and pounding my chest,” he writes. “If I hadn’t been on Pals, would he have stopped at three minutes? Did Pals save my life once more?”

Though the Complete 9 Yards star lived to inform the story, he didn’t come out of the expertise unscathed. “He might have saved my life, however he additionally broke eight of my ribs,” Perry writes, noting that he was in an excessive amount of ache after the incident to proceed filming the apocalyptic satire movie.

Matthew Perry Recalls Exiting 'Don’t Look Up' After Heart Failure: The 'Biggest Movie I’d Gotten Ever'

Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, and Meryl Streep in ‘Don’t Look Up.’


The Odd Couple alum known as the choice to step again from “the most important transfer I’d gotten ever” a “heartbreaking one.” He was slated to painting a Republican journalist within the Adam McKay comedy. A gaggle scene he filmed earlier than his medical disaster didn’t make it into the movie.

In Pals, Lovers and the Massive Horrible Factor, out November 1, Perry reveals that he has been sober since early 2021. “I’ve most likely spent $9 million or one thing making an attempt to get sober,” he instructed the New York Occasions for a narrative revealed on Sunday, October 23.

Perry’s Pals costar Lisa Kudrow — who wrote the foreword for the forthcoming memoir — instructed the outlet that the Nearly Heroes actor has a “powerful model” of “a hideous illness.”

She continued: “I really like Matthew quite a bit. We’re a part of a household. I’m mainly ending this with ‘I’ll be there for you’ [the Friends theme song], however it’s true. I’ll all the time be there for him.”