Matthew Perry quit ‘Don’t Look Up’ after his heart stopped for five minutes

Matthew Perry was supposed to play a role in “Don’t Look Up” – but he walked out of the film crew after a medical panic.

The actor was undergoing surgery when his heart stopped for five minutes, according to a Rolling Stone excerpt on Tuesday from his memoir, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing.”

The Friends alum, 53, wrote that while he shot a scene with Jonah Hill as a Republican journalist, he didn’t return to start filming. Instead, Berry remained in a rehabilitation center in Switzerland.

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Matthew Perry pulled out of Don’t Look After his heart stopped for five minutes during surgery.

Perry explained that he was undergoing surgery to put a “strange medical device” in his back after he lied to his doctors about having severe stomach pains in order to get a prescription for hydrocodone.

Because the “odd couple” alum had taken an opiate the night before, hydrocodone was combined with the anesthetic propofol that was used during the procedure.

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Leaving the cast was “heartbreaking,” the actor wrote in his diary in November.

“I was given a chance at eleven in the morning,” Berry wrote. “I woke up 11 hours later in a different hospital. Apparently, propofol had stopped my heart. For five minutes.”

The Golden Globe nominee made it clear that he did not have a heart attack.

“I didn’t make a straight line – but nothing hit me,” he recalls. “I was told that a fat Swiss guy didn’t really want the ‘friends’ guy at his table to die and he did CPR on me for a full five minutes, hitting me and hitting me in the chest.

“If I hadn’t been on Friends, would he have stopped at three minutes?” Perry continued. Did ‘Friends’ Save My Life Again?

Perry was detailing his sober journey while promoting his book.

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Perry was detailing his sober journey while promoting his book.

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Perry was in deep pain to return to the set of “Don’t Look Up,” which he described as “heartbreaking.”

The only scene in which he was an Emmy nominee did not make it to the final trailer for the film, which appeared in December 2021 and starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence.

Berry has been open about his struggles with addiction ahead of his book’s November 1 release, telling the New York Times on Sunday that he estimated he spent $9 million on a sobriety trip.

He told People Thursday that having a colostomy bag to collect his stool after a colon burst helped Berry feel more alert.

“It was hell to have one because they break all the time,” the Go On alum added. My therapist said, ‘The next time you think about taking OxyContin, just think about getting a colostomy bag for the rest of your life. “

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