Matthew Perry revealed that upon learning that Bruce Willis had a serious dementia diagnosis, he prayed for him every night. While it might seem a little bit too much for some people, Perry and Willis forged a beautiful friendship. And it was a result of them working on a movie together.
Perry recounted how things went down between him and the box-office attraction in his memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing. According to the New York Post, Willis kicked things off between them with a phone call.
“‘Matthew, this is Bruce Willis. Call me back, or I’ll burn your house down and break both your knees and arms and you’ll be left with just the stubs for hands and feet for the rest of your life.’ Click, dial tone. I figured this was a call I should probably return,” Perry said about the phone message.
Perry, who died in late October, and Willis met at an Italian restaurant in Hollywood. Naturally, Bruce Willis “did not disappoint” and “oozed A-list” in Perry’s eyes.
Perry wrote, “He didn’t just take over a room, he was the room. In fact, I knew he was a real movie star when the first thing he did was teach the bartender how to make the perfect vodka tonic. ‘Three-second pour,’ he said to the petrified man,” the “Fools Rush In” actor wrote. “He was a party; to be near him was invigorating.”
Matthew Perry Recalled Partying Down With Bruce Willis
At the time, Bruce Willis was 44 and newly separated from Demi Moore, Perry wrote. After dinner, they went back to Willis’ “massive house off Mulholland” and hit “golf balls into the San Fernando Valley below” with “drinks in hand.”
Perry wrote, “We had begun a friendship, one in which we drank together and made each other laugh and complimented each other’s swings . . . Nothing seemed to bother Bruce, no one said no to him. This was, indeed, the A-leagues.”
Willis gave Perry a call and wanted him to screen his next movie. Perry, though, was “sick and hungover.” He did make “excuses” around not being able to come on by.
“I asked him what the movie was called, so I could catch it later,” he wrote. “‘The Sixth Sense,’ he said.”
Perry and Bruce Willis starred together in The Whole Nine Yards. Both actors flew on Willis’ plane to Montreal to start filming and stayed at the InterContinental hotel
“So, I’d gotten The Whole Nine Yards and had embarked on a friendship with the most famous movie star on the planet, but even I knew I was drinking way too much to pull this movie off,” Perry wrote. “Desperate measures would be needed. Some might be able to party perfectly well and still show up and do the work — but they were not addicts like I was. If I was going to keep up with the partying, and with Bruce, and not go back to my hotel room and keep drinking, then I’d need something else to wind down and make sure I could get to set the next day.”
That led Perry to try to acquire 100 Zanax for himself. Perry, though, once he started getting sober would not repeat this behavior. Both actors went their separate ways after The Whole Nine Yards and Willis’ appearances on Friends took place.
But Perry said he prayed every day for Willis’ health once news of his dementia diagnosis.
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