In the wake of Matthew Perry’s untimely passing, the entertainment world was left in shock and mourning for the beloved “Friends” star.
However, amid the grief, a fascinating and unfulfilled dream of the late actor has come to light – a biopic of his life with none other than Zac Efron taking on the role of a younger Matthew Perry.
A Dream Unfulfilled
The revelation comes from Athenna Crosby, a close friend of Perry who met him for lunch just one day before his tragic passing on October 28, 2023. Perry, at the age of 54, had been enthusiastic about sharing his life story and personal journey, particularly his triumphant battle against addiction, through the medium of film.
According to Crosby, Perry had expressed his eagerness to turn this dream into a reality and had his sights set on Zac Efron to portray his younger self in the biopic.
Crosby recalled Perry’s words, saying, “He said that he wanted to make a movie about his life, and he had worked with Zac Efron in the past on a movie. He said that he wanted Zac Efron to play him as a younger version and that he was gonna ask him soon to do that.”
Zac Efron: The Chosen Actor
Matthew Perry and Zac Efron had previously shared the screen in the 2009 teen fantasy comedy 17 Again. In the film, Perry’s character experiences a magical transformation that sends him back to his 17-year-old self, played by Efron.
This heartwarming comedy proved to be a box office hit, earning a global gross of $139.5 million. Their on-screen chemistry and shared experience from this film likely contributed to Perry’s choice of Efron as his ideal on-screen avatar.
While Perry’s sudden passing has left fans and the entertainment industry in mourning, his optimism and desire to share his story, especially regarding his recovery from addiction, remain an enduring legacy.
Athenna Crosby spoke to Entertainment Tonight Canada, saying, “He was just looking forward to sharing more about his story and his recovery from addiction, and really championing that cause to help more people. So he was so optimistic and happy about everything that he wanted to do.”
The Mysterious Passing
The exact cause of Matthew Perry’s death is yet to be disclosed. Law enforcement found him unresponsive in a hot tub at his Los Angeles home, with no signs of foul play or drug involvement at the scene.
His passing has left a void in the hearts of many, but it has also ignited a renewed interest in his life story and the potential biopic he had envisioned.
The Matthew Perry Foundation
In the wake of his passing, the Matthew Perry Foundation was established, and it is now accepting donations to support individuals battling addiction. The foundation’s mission is to continue Perry’s commitment to aiding those struggling with addiction.
Their inaugural statement reads, “In the spirit of Matthew Perry’s enduring commitment to helping others struggling with the disease of addiction, we embark on a journey to honor his legacy by establishing the Matthew Perry Foundation, guided by his own words and experiences, and driven by his passion for making a difference in as many lives as possible.”
A Legacy Lives On
Matthew Perry’s dream of sharing his life story through a biopic and casting Zac Efron as his on-screen counterpart may have remained unfulfilled, but his legacy and dedication to supporting those facing addiction will continue to live on through the foundation established in his honor.
In the world of entertainment, Matthew Perry’s untimely passing was a heartbreaking moment. However, his unfulfilled dream of a biopic starring Zac Efron as his younger self reminds us of the potential and optimism that existed within this beloved actor.
Perry’s legacy will live on not only through his outstanding body of work but also through the Matthew Perry Foundation, dedicated to helping those battling addiction. The dream may be unfinished, but the impact continues to grow.