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Bruce Willis’ Daughter Recalls ‘Kind and Funny’ Matthew Perry on ‘Whole Nine Yards’ Set

Bruce Willis’ Daughter Recalls ‘Kind and Funny’ Matthew Perry on ‘Whole Nine Yards’ Set

Matthew Perry is best remembered for his role as Chandler Bing on the iconic sitcom Friends. Chandler, however, is far from his only memorable character. While Chandler and Monica were settling into their new life as roommates on Friends, Nicholas “Oz” Oseransky was introducing himself to his curious new neighbor, Jimmy “The Tulip” Tudeski, in the 2000 crime comedy The Whole Nine Yards.

Jimmy “The Tulip” was, of course, played by the legendary Bruce Willis. But did you know that Bruce Willis’ three daughters – Tallulah, Scout, and Rumer – appeared in the film as well? It’s true! There’s a scene in which Oz and Jimmy are standing next to a flower cart and three little girls run past. Those three girls are the Willis sisters!

It’s been 23 years since the girls’ time on the Whole Nine Yards set, but Rumer Willis still carries fond memories of her father’s co-star, Matthew Perry. Upon learning of Perry’s death, Rumer Willis took to Instagram to recount the positive experience.

“I’m so sad to hear about Matthew Perry passing,” Rumer wrote in an Instagram story. “When I was a kid and I was on Set while he and my dad were doing whole nine and whole 10 yards he was so kind and funny and sweet with my sisters and me and I think his physical Comedy and that movie still makes me laugh so much.”

“I know he had many challenges in his life and brought a lot of joy to people with his comedy,” she continued. “I hope he can rest peacefully.”

Bruce Willis’ Wife, Emma Heming, Mourns Matthew Perry

Bruce Willis’ wife, Emma Heming Willis, paid tribute to their family friend as well. In an Instagram story of her own, Heming posted a short clip of Bruce and Matthew Perry from the Whole Ten Yards press tour. In the clip, the pair are asked why their dynamic works so well.

“We’re pals,” Willis replied. “We enjoy making each other laugh and having a good time and hopefully, people will enjoy watching that,” added Perry.

Emma Heming simply captioned the clip, “Matthew” alongside two heart emojis.

In his 2022 memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, Perry reflected on his friendship with Willis and the adoration he felt toward his fellow star. “That’s when I saw the real Bruce Willis — a good-hearted man, a caring man, selfless,” Perry wrote, per Entertainment Weekly. “A wonderful parent. And a wonderful actor. And most important, a good guy.”