Nov. 23, 2023 – “I can’t claim to have known him well, but I liked him very much,” Penn said on Wednesday’s episode of Piers Morgan Uncensored. “I saw him somewhat recently, and we were both catching a flight out of Los Angeles airport, and I complimented him on what I knew of his book. In Perry’s novel, titled Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, the star openly discussed his decades-long battle with drug and alcohol addiction. Although Penn acknowledged that he “hadn’t read the book,” the filmmaker said that he’d seen “several” of Perry’s interviews at the time.

“He seemed to be talking about it, had confronted it, and was very intelligent and bold about it. And generously offering his experience to people to be helpful,” he said. “It’s tragic, I can’t say that I was terribly surprised. I don’t know what the whole coroner’s report things and everything, but I know he had done a lot of damage to his organs over the years.”