Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has challenged Chandler Bing (or, more accurately, his former classmate turned Friends star Matthew Perry) to a fight. Yes, you did read that correctly.
The improbable ‘feud’ between Trudeau (who reportedly throws a mean right hook) and Perry (who… doesn’t?) came to light last month, when the actor appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Show and shared an embarrassing anecdote from the pair’s days at Rockcliffe Park Public School in Ottowa, Canada.
‘I have a story about him that I’m not proud of,’ Perry told the talk show host. ‘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.’
According to the actor, the fight was the result of ‘pure jealousy’ on his part, as he reminisced that ‘I think [Trudeau] was excelling in a sport. He was the only kid in school that we could beat up.’
‘I think it was rather instrumental in him going on to such great heights and becoming the prime minister. I think he said, “I’m going to rise above this and I’m going to become prime minister"’, Perry joked, after adding that his behaviour was ‘terrible’ and ‘stupid.’
Neatly coinciding with April Fool’s Day, Trudeau then decided to hit back at his former classmate, requesting 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?’ he tweeted from his official account. As far as picking a fight goes, it’s still pretty charming stuff (take note, Donald Trump).
As for Perry’s response? ‘I think I will pass at your request for a rematch kind sir (given that you currently have an army at your disposal)’
Truly, a line worthy of Chandler Bing.