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Salma Hayek Remembers ‘Fools Rush In’ Co-Star Matthew Perry

Salma Hayek Remembers ‘Fools Rush In’ Co-Star Matthew Perry

Finally able to mentally register the unfortunate news about Matthew Perry’s passing, Salma Hayek took to Instagram to remember her late Fools Rush In co-star. In the emotional social media post, Hayek also shared some throwback snapshots of her and Perry together.

“Two days ago, I woke up to the shocking news that Matthew Perry is no longer with us,” Hayek wrote. “It’s taken me a couple of days to process this profound sadness.”

The actress wrote about how she and Perry had a special bond after they worked together on the 1997 film. “I was very moved last year when Matthew shared on his Instagram stories how much he loved Fools Rush In, and how he thought that that film we did together was probably his best movie.”

Hayek further shared that through the years she and Matthew Perry found themselves reminiscing about their time on the film’s set with a deep sense of nostalgia and gratitude. “My friend, you are gone much too soon,” Hayek continued. “But I will continue to cherish your silliness, your perseverance, and your lovely heart. Farewell, sweet Matthew, we will never forget you.” 

Matthew Perry reportedly passed away on Saturday (October 28th) at his home. The official cause of death has not been revealed.

‘Fools Rush In’ Producer Says Matthew Perry Wanted to Make Him Proud 

After finding out about Matthew Perry’s unexpected death, Fools Rush In producer Doug Draizin reflected on working with the actor. The film was based on the true story of Drain’s marriage to ex-wife Anna Maria. 

“When I first met Matthew for him to do the movie, we really got along,” Draizin told the NY Post. “He said to me, ‘If I do this movie, I want to do you proud.’ And I thought that was very sweet.”

Draizin said Perry’s goal continued to be something he spoke of even at the film’s premiere. “We were at the premiere and he’s surrounded by Jennifer [Aniston] and the ‘Friends’ cast and he comes over to me and gives me a hug and says, ‘I hope I did you proud.’ I looked at him and gave him this big hug and said, ‘Thank you,’ because it was about my family and my life, and I knew he really wanted to do a good job.”

After meeting Matthew Perry, Draizin also said he knew he found the right actor for the role. “The thing Matthew would ask me about was, ‘What was it like when [Isabel/Anna Maria] showed up and you hadn’t seen her, and she’s having this child? What was the deciding factor? Why did you [marry her]?’ He was trying to get into my head.”