Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio shared how excited they were to work with Luke Perry on the set of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
In a new cover story for Esquire’s Summer 2019 issue, the actors opened up about working with Perry before he passed away in March.
“‘That’s Luke f–king Perry!’” Pitt recalled saying to DiCaprio “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.”
DiCaprio expressed, “I remember my friend Vinny, who is in the film as well, we walked in and we both had this butterfly moment of like, ‘Oh, my God, that’s Luke Perry over there!’”
Perry played a smaller role, but it was his final film appearance before he died. Director Quentin Tarantino revealed that he “finished cutting together Luke’s last scene” three days after attending Perry’s funeral.
“Man, he was so incredibly humble and amazing and absolutely committed,” Pitt told the magazine. “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.”
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood hits the big screen on July 26.