Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Friends' Star Matthew Perry Says He 'Beat Up' Justin Trudeau in Grade School

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Friends' Star Matthew Perry Says He 'Beat Up' Justin Trudeau in Grade School

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Matthew Perry recalls 'beating up' Trudeau in school

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TORONTO - Former "Friends" star Matthew Perry says he once beat up Justin Trudeau in grade school over "pure jealousy" of his athletic abilities.

The actor, who played Chandler Bing on the sitcom, recounted the memory of the Grade 5 scuffle on Jimmy Kimmel's late night talk show Wednesday night.

Perry said he and another friend picked on the younger Trudeau.

"I think he was excelling in a sport that we weren't, so it was pure jealousy. And we beat him up," Perry deadpanned to audience laughter.

Perry was raised in Ottawa and attended Rockcliffe Park Public School, where former prime minister Pierre Trudeau sent his sons. The actor's mother, Suzanne Perry, was once the elder Trudeau's press secretary. …

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