Canadian PM calls for Matthew Perry rematch
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants a rematch with Matthew Perry after the star revealed he used "beat up" Justin at school.
The ‘Friends’ actor revealed last month he went to the same elementary school as the 45-year-old politician and, despite there being a few years between them, used to lash out at Justin as he was jealous of his sporting prowess.
Now, Justin has taken to Twitter to challenge the 47-year-old actor to a rematch, as he says he’s often thought about punching his ‘Friends’ character Chandler Bing.
Writing on the social media site on Saturday (01.04.17), Justin said: "I’ve been giving it some thought, and you know what, who hasn’t wanted to punch Chandler? How about a rematch @MatthewPerry? (sic)"
Matthew first revealed the story during an appearance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’, in which he said he and his friend Chris Murray acted out of "pure jealousy".
He admitted: "I have a story about him that I’m not proud of.
"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.
"I think he was excelling in a sport that we weren’t [as good at]. It was pure jealousy, and, you know, we beat him up. His dad [Pierre Trudeau] was prime minister, but that wasn’t the reason we beat him up. I think he was the only kid in school that we could beat up."
While the ’17 Again’ star insists his behaviour was "terrible", he joked he thinks the beating set the wheels in motion for Justin to grow up wanting to be prime minister.
He added: "I’m not bragging about this. This was terrible. I was a stupid kid, and I didn’t want to beat him up. In fact, I think at some point I tried to turn it into love-play. … But I think it was rather instrumental in him going to such great heights and becoming prime minister. I think he said, ‘I’m going to rise above this, and I’m going to become prime minister.’"