Matthew Perry beat up Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau in school
Matthew Perry has confessed he was far from ‘friendly’ towards Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau when the pair went to school together.
The 47-year-old actor is two years older than the hunky PM and admitted he was jealous of his sporting prowess when they were kids and “beat him up” with the help of another pal.
The ‘Friends’ star confessed on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’: “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 he insists his behaviour aged 10 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.’ ”
Matthew hasn’t been in contact with Justin since their school days, and has no intention to reach out to him because he is still “ashamed” of his actions.
Asked if they are in touch, the ’17 Again’ actor said: “No, I feel ashamed. I don’t want to think about it.”