They all wanted their friend to be there. While fans of Beverly Hills, 90210 eagerly wait for the highly-anticipated reboot of the ’90s drama, there will be one face missing from the reunion: Luke Perry, and former costar Brian Austin Green recently revealed just how badly they wanted him on the program.
“It’s a hard situation,” the 45-year-old told People. “I knew that going into it that Luke couldn’t do the reboot because he was shooting Riverdale. But my honest hope was he would make time to come do at least three episodes. He was awesome.” In fact, Brian, who will be reprising his role as David Silver on the FOX reboot, revealed that Luke was involved in the storyline.
“We talked to him on the phone because we still wanted his input,” Brian said. “He was just that kind of guy. Knowing that that’s not a possibility is really hard.”
Luke passed away on March 4 after suffering a massive stroke. He was 52. Plenty of tributes poured in for the actor soon after — Brian himself said on his podcast, “Luke was a special guy. I’m still mourning over it so there’s a part of me that’s kind of shocked that I’m speaking about Luke this way.” He continued, “We all knew that at some point we’d have to deal with losing cast members and friends — but not this soon. Not at 52. Not in such an abrupt way.”
He added, “Luke was one of those people nobody had a bad story about. “He was just a great guy and he was Luke no matter where you saw him, no matter when you saw him, no matter what he was going through. He was a rock.”
Recently, BH90210 actress, Gabrielle Carteris revealed the cast will pay homage to the late star. “We shot our promos for the first time last week, everybody together. I miss Luke, so that was really noted but it was wild. I felt like time, I’m older. And I felt the memories of what it was like to be on the show in the beginning so, I’m excited,” the 58-year-old said exclusively revealed to Closer Weekly at the panel for Geena Davis’ This Changes Everything documentary held at the Bentonville Film Festival on May 8.
“You know, I was negotiating, I was cheering the negotiations part of one our larger contracts for commercials when he passed and I flew back to L.A. and we all been really taking care of each other,” Gabrielle added. “I had the cast come to my house and then we’ve just been talking about it and sharing moments and we will dedicate this story to him, you know? We love Luke and it was really hard. ”