Guess who two of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars - Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt - were super-excited to be working with? The late Luke Perry.
Both stars raved about the actor, who died after suffering a stroke, in an interview with Esquire.
DiCaprio recalled seeing Perry when he walked onto the set of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and having a “butterfly moment of like, ‘Oh my God, that’s Luke Perry over there!'”
Pitt agreed, saying, “‘That’s f—ing Luke Perry!’ We were like kids in the candy shop because I remember going to the studios and [Beverly Hills, 90210] was going on, and he was that icon of coolness for us as teenagers.”
“It was this strange burst of excitement that I had, to be able to act with him. He couldn’t have been a more friendly, wonderful guy to spend time with. I got to sit down and have some wonderful conversations with him. It was really special,” said Pitt.
Going back to the news that broke when Perry died in February, a statement from his rep read: “Actor Luke Perry, 52, passed away today after suffering a massive stroke. He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends. The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time.”
Perry’s son, Jack, spoke about his father’s role in Quentin Tarantino’s film on Chris Jericho’s podcast Talk is Jericho earlier this month. “My dad said, ‘If I never work again, I’m happy with this,’” Jack said.
“Tarantino is a really cool guy. [He] told me, ‘I handpicked your dad for this,’" said Jack.
Tarantino’s film is about an actor Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) who struggle with a changing Hollywood landscape.
It was also Perry’s final film role, in which he plays Scott Lancer, a fictitious character.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood premiered at Cannes Film Festival earlier this week and will be in theaters on July 26.