In a proposed rematch from elementary school, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau challenged to throw a punch at former Friends actor Matthew Perry in response to his earlier statement about beating up Trudeau in elementary school at Rockcliffe Park Public School in Ottawa. Perry, who is “half-Canadian,” recounted their original fight during a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live on March 15. Of course, the threat was just a humorous response and nothing more but still people on social media had fun at the idea of a rematch.
I’ve been giving it some thought, and you know what, who hasn’t wanted to punch Chandler? How about a rematch @MatthewPerry?
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 1, 2017
Although Perry was in fifth grade at the time and a few years ahead of Trudeau he was apparently envious of the boy which led to some bullying.
“My friend Chris Murray, who was also in the fifth grade in Canada, reminded me that we actually beat up Justin Trudeau,” he told Kimmel, 49. “We both beat him up. I think he was excelling in a sport that we weren’t so it was pure jealousy.”
Trudeau’s father, Pierre Trudeau, was then-prime minister of Canada but Perry insisted that was not the reason he attacked him. Still, it would make for a good story.
“I think he was the only kid in school that we could beat up,” he said, adding, “You know, I’m not bragging about this, this is terrible. I was a stupid kid, I didn’t want to beat him up. In fact, I think at one point I tried to turn it into love play.”
Here are some reactions to a potential rematch between the two.
@JustinTrudeau @MatthewPerry OMG DO IT!!!
— Gaby Mendoza Nakano (@gmnakano) April 1, 2017
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@JustinTrudeau @JoeMyGod @MatthewPerry pic.twitter.com/aBQogr2cyb
— Jonathan Kaye (@JonathanMKaye) April 1, 2017
@JustinTrudeau @MatthewPerry I know that this is an April Fools joke, but I hope this happens for real. Hmm… #TeamTrudeau or #TeamPerry ?
— Jon Browne (@JonBrowne) April 1, 2017
Matthew Perry vs Justin Trudeau. Time to settle school time feud.
— Mohit Sharma (@Matsharma) April 1, 2017
Perry may have been bigger than Trudeau in elementary school, but much has changed since then. Trudeau is a boxer, and hits above his weight. He famously defeated Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau in a charity match in 2012.
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