Matthew Perry, best known for lovably sarcastic Chandler Bing, may be half-Canadian (his words) but he shared a very Canadian story on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week. Kimmel kicked it off, telling the audience that Perry went to school with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Perry went on to awkwardly reveal how he and a fellow fifth-grader once beat up young Justin, who was two years younger.
Perry explained that the two attended the same elementary school, where Trudeau was “excelling in a sport,” something that drove Perry and his friend to “pure jealousy.” Which, having seen Matthew/Chandler play ping-pong, is kinda-sorta understandable. But not really.
“His dad was the prime minister,” Perry said. “I don’t think that’s the reason we beat him up, I think he was the only kid in school that we could beat up. I’m not bragging about this. It was 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.”
Without that bullying, perhaps Canada and the rest of the world might not have PM Justin Trudeau. At least that’s what Perry jokingly believes. “I think it was instrumental in him going to such great heights and becoming the Prime Minister,” Perry stated. “I think he said, ‘I’m going to rise above this and I’m going to become Prime Minister.'”
We’re guessing that’s probably not the case. Either way, we think Justin’s doing just fine.