March 06, 2019
Part of a 1992 interview for NBC's “First Person” has been released and in it, Luke Perry speaks about his career. He talks about how he plans on sustaining it.
However, the star that recently passed on also opens up about his mortality and how he planned on living his life.
At the time Luke Perry, 52, spoke to Maria Shriver in the interview, he was 25-years-old. He was at the height of his career and starring as bad-boy Dylan McKay on “Beverly Hills, 90210.”
During the interview, he expressed some resentment with being compared to James Dean. The late actor had passed away after experiencing a car crash at age 24.
Addressing Shriver, Perry stated:
"I think that sort of, in a way, if they make the association strong enough, I'll have to pay the price for the fact that he checked out early. And I don't want to. I hope to be still working when I'm 30 and 40 and 50 and for however how long I want to."
Thoughtfully, the actor added:
"I think that when I can no longer fulfill that James Dean fantasy for them, they'll look and get it from someone else and I'll be gone."
The actor revealed that his dream didn't fit into his small town of Fredericktown, Ohio. In the clip, he eerily shared: "I didn't think I was going anywhere. I want to do something with my life. When my time here is up, I don't want to look back and see that I didn't do anything."
"And by that I mean I didn't have any effect on anything else. I see a lot of people who let their life happen to them. And I want to happen to my life. I don't want my life to happen to me."
A clip of the interview was shared by “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill on Instagram late Monday night. He captioned the video, "Too soon... #RIPLukePerry."
On the same day that the footage was shared, Perry was reported dead after suffering a "massive stroke" last Wednesday. In a statement, his publicist said the actor was surrounded by family at the time of his death.
He is survived by his children son Jack, 21, and daughter Sophie, 18, his fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, his mother, siblings, and other family members.
Besides acting on “Riverdale,” the last movie Perry made before his death was as Scott Lancer in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” He’d just finished filming for the movie before he died.