Although Luke Perry had not signed on to do the reboot of “Beverly Hills, 90210,” he was completely behind his former cast member’s efforts to get the show off the ground.
“Luke was on the speakerphone for the first meeting,” Tori Spelling told People. “He was so supportive, and really proud that we were putting it together.”
And when Spelling and co-star Jennie Garth hatched the concept for the stars to play heightened versions of themselves, Perry offered his words of encouragement.
“He was like, ‘Don’t lose your vision,’ ‘stick to your guns,’” said Spelling. “Basically he told us to do what we set out to do and not change our minds.”
Just hours after the “90210” reboot was announced, news broke that Perry had suffered a stroke. He died less than a week later at the age of 52.
“It was a day of the greatest high and the greatest low,” Spelling added.
While his shocking death was a big blow to all of his longtime friends, Spelling, Garth and co-stars Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestly, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris and Brian Austin Green have been able to bond even more.
“It brought us together on such a deep level,” said Garth. “Many times during the filming I thought, ‘He would be so happy right now to see us.’ ”
On the premiere episode of “BH90210” earlier this summer, the show honored Perry, who played Dylan McKay, with a touching tribute.
“BH90210” airs Wednesdays at 9pm on Fox.