Matthew Perry has a Justin Trudeau story that is better than yours.
The actor appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in while back and shared a surprising bit of information. He went to school with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Perry grew up in Ottawa and the two were classmates but didn’t get along.
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“I have a story about him that I’m not proud of,” Perry revealed. “My friend Chris Murray, who was also in the fifth grade in Canada, reminded me that we actually beat up Justin Trudeau. We both beat him up,” he spilled.
Trudeau is just two years younger than Perry, but even then, he had already started to make Perry feel inadequate. “I think he was excelling at a sport that we weren’t as good at, so it was pure jealousy, and, you know, we beat him up,” the actor explained.
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“His dad was prime minister at the time but that wasn’t the reason we beat him up. I think he was the only kid in school that we could beat up,” Perry continued. He admitted he wasn’t bragging about it and knows how terrible it is.
He also confessed that he was a stupid kid and that he didn’t even want to beat him up. But he did take credit for him becoming prime minister.
After letting that story sink in a bit, Canada’s prime minister eventually took to Twitter to respond to his one-time schoolyard bully.
“I’ve been giving it some thought,” tweeted Trudeau, “and you know what, who hasn’t wanted to punch Chandler? How about a rematch @MatthewPerry?”
Before you start picturing the Prime Minister of Canada and Chandler from “Friends” engaging in a fistfight, consider today’s date: Apr. 1 — let it never be said Justin Trudeau doesn’t have a sense of humour. In another tweet issued today, he thanks Labatt for taking his advice and renaming their 50 beer 150. Happy April Fools’ Day!
The following day, Perry responded to Trudeau, admitting he’s not that keen on the idea of throwing down with a guy who commands the military might of an entire country.
Not letting go of their new feud, Perry teased Trudeau a little more during an interview with The Wrap. “He’s showing off. He’s a braggart,” Perry joked when asked about Trudeau’s offer for a rematch.
Perry might even be regretting the comments now, as it’s clear he’s no match for the Prime Minister. “Boy, I’m in trouble. That just started a whole new thing,” said the “The Kennedys: After Camelot” actor. He then shared his love for his former classmate. “I love you, I love you, Prime Minister Trudeau, I love you,” he gushed.