Matthew Perry was cast in Don’t Look Up, and then his heart stopped

Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry
picture: Theo Wargo (Getty Images for the Tribeca Film Festival)

in friends Matthew Perry’s new memoir, ‌ Friends, lovers and the big horrible thingIt reveals the depths in which drug abuse and addiction have endangered his life and damaged his career. These problems continued throughout 2020 when he was scheduled to appear in the “biggest movie I’ve ever gotten,” Adam McKay’s star-studded comedy. do not search. Unfortunately, Perry never had a chance to film his scenes because his heart stopped for five minutes.

The actor had to play a Republican journalist for three scenes in the McCay comedy, which was supposed to be Perry opposite Meryl Streep, Perry flew to Boston to shoot. Production was filmed there from November 2020 to February 2021.

Berry has long dealt with substance abuse, having started drinking at the age of 14 fools rush, the romantic comedy in which he starred with Salma Hayek, led him to an addiction to opioids. Over the years, Perry says he’s spent upwards of $9 million on rehab and sobriety efforts.

At the time when the work began do not searchHe was taking 1,800 milligrams of hydrocodone, a pain medication prescribed to him by a rehabilitation facility in Switzerland. While he was there, he was told by doctors that he had severe stomach pains. “Actually, I was fine,” Berry writes. “I still felt like I was constantly sitting up – so it was very uncomfortable – but it wasn’t a pain.” He got hydrocodone, but the doctors wanted to have surgery “to put some kind of strange medical device in my back.”

The night before the surgery, he stayed up all night taking hydrocodone. So when Berry was having surgery, doctors administered propofol, an anesthetic that ended up stopping Berry’s heart for five minutes. Berry writes:

The injection was given at 11:00 AM, and I woke up 11 hours later in a different hospital. Apparently, propofol has stopped my heart. for five minutes. It wasn’t a heart attack – I wasn’t straight – but nothing was beating. I was told a fat swiss guy didn’t really want the guy friend at his table to die and he did CPR on me for a full five minutes and he’d hit me and hit me in the chest. If I wasn’t on Friends, would he have stopped at three minutes? Did friends save my life again?

He may have saved my life, but he also broke eight ribs.

The only scene that Perry filmed do not search He ended up on the cutting room floor.

As the release of notes approaches, Berry shared more stories like this, hoping to inspire others to seek help. Last week, he revealed that at some point, his colon ruptured, and he had a 2% chance of living.

“The doctors told my family that I had a 2% chance of living,” he said. After his colon burst from opioid abuse, he spent two weeks in a coma and five months in the hospital. “I’ve been put on a machine called an ECMO, which does all the breathing to your heart and lungs. This is called Hail Mary. No one survives that.”

Friends, lovers and the big horrible thing It will be available in bookstores on 1 november.

[via Rolling Stone]

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