Salma Hayek Posts Tribute To Matthew Perry, Recalls Him Calling ‘Fools Rush In’ His ‘Best Movie’
The Mexican actress posted the tribute to Perry on Instagram, writing that she feels a “profound sadness” following his death. Much like many fans on social media, Hayek reminisced on her and Perry’s iconic 1997 movie, “Fools Rush In.”
As one X user recently noted, “‘Fools Rush In’ will forever be one of my favorite films and [Perry’s] best.”
In fact, Hayek’s statement is reminding many people of the 1997 film, which portrays the two actors as love interests who get pregnant after a one-night stand. Perry, who stars as a straight-laced New Yorker named Alex in the film, later marries Hayek’s character, Isabel, a Mexican-American photographer. And while the two marry with a baby on the way, tons of antics ensue — as with most 90s rom-coms.
Hayek’s tribute to Perry reminisced on “Fools Rush In” and the significance of her and the actor’s “special bond” — here’s everything to know.
Hayek wrote that she shared a “special bond” with Matthew Perry and feels “profound sadness” after his death
The Mexican actress posted her tribute to Perry on Instagram, sharing a few photos with the actor over the years.
“Two day ago, I woke up to the shocking news that Matthew Perry is no longer with us,” Hayek explained to her followers. “It’s taken me a couple of days to process this profound sadness.”
Hayek later described her “special bond” with her “Fools Rush In” co-star. “There is a special bond that happens when you share dreams with someone,” she wrote. “And together you work towards them,” referencing their time filming the 1997 movie together.
The actress also recalled when Perry posted a Q&A on his Instagram Stories last year. At the time, a fan asked the actor, “Is playing Chandler your most treasured role or is it some [other] role?”
The “Friends” actor responded: “I did a movie that I love called ‘Fools Rush In’ with Salma Hayek — that was probably my best movie.”
Hayek remembered that special response while writing her tribute to Perry. “I was very moved last year when Matthew shared on his Instagram Stories how much he loved ‘Fools Rush In,'” she described. “And how he thought that that film we did together was probably his best movie.”
Even more, the “Beatriz at Dinner” actress revealed that she and Perry often looked back at their time filming the movie together. “Throughout the years, he and I found ourselves reminiscing about that meaningful time in our lives with a deep sense of nostalgia and gratitude,” she explained.
By the end of her touching message, Hayek directed her words directly at the actor. “My friend, you are gone much too soon,” she wrote. “But I will continue to cherish your silliness, your perseverance, and your lovely heart.”
“Farewell, sweet Matthew, we will never forget you.”
Amid Hayek’s heartbreaking tribute, many other fans are reflecting on the importance of “Fools Rush In” in their lives. One X user wrote, “‘Fools Rush In’ remains one of my all time favorite comedies, his talent was unique.”
Meanwhile, another X user described the 1997 film as “one of the greatest, underrated romcoms ever” in light of Perry’s passing:
Yet another user recalled, “[‘Fools Rush In’] was one of my favorite movies to watch when I was a kid and it was a cable staple so I watched it a lot.”
Another fan said they actually named their daughter Isabel in honor of Hayek’s character in the movie:
And another longtime fan explained how the two actor were “perfection together” in the “underrated movie”:
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