Matthew Perry says he beat up Justin Trudeau at school

The former ‘Friends’ star told Jimmy Kimmel that in fifth grade, he and a friend beat up the future prime minister

Matthew Perry appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live on March 15, 2017. Image via screenshot.

Matthew Perry appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live on March 15, 2017. Image via screenshot.

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.

“His dad was the prime minister … but I don’t think that’s the reason we beat him up,” Perry said.

“I think he was the only kid in school that we could beat up.”

Kimmel pondered whether “secret service” agents would’ve stepped in to protect the child of a prime minister.

“They didn’t,” Perry replied.

“That would never happen to Barron Trump, you’d be in the stockade right now, you’d be in Russia somewhere,” Kimmel joked.

But Perry insisted he wasn’t bragging about the incident.

“This is terrible,” he said with a shrug.

“I was a stupid kid and I didn’t want to beat him up. In fact, I think at one point I tried to turn it into love play.”

“Well, he is a handsome guy,” Kimmel responded with a laugh.


Matthew Perry says he beat up Justin Trudeau at school

  1. And look where you both are now… he’s the PM and you’re .. what Matthew? An overpaid actor well past your best before date.

  2. It’s almost funny watching Matthew Perry trying to be funny now that the scriptwriters *Friends* have all retired.

  3. There is actually a much more important story behind this piece of hollywood fluff. While I wouldn’t say I am a Justin fan, ( I consider him a lightweight compared to his father) I think he developed some “character” along the way and that is perhaps why he is prime minister today. The incident Mathew Perry describes may have been a key part of that “character development”. Imagine you are a ten year old and your father gets elected Prime Minister or President…suddenly you are invincible..and on top of it all you have a personal “security detail” assigned to protect you. My uncle Jeff (ret. RCMP) was in charge of that “detail” at the time, when one of his young officers approached him with a problem. It seems that one of the young Trudeau boys was punching other kids in the schoolyard and then hiding behind one of the huge RCMP officers assigned to protect him. My uncle advised the young corporal that the next time this happened, he should “stand aside” and let the other kids beat him up. Ultimately, my uncle was called into the Prime Minister’s office to explain why one of his kid’s was recently pummelled in the schoolyard. When my uncle confessed that this had been his idea, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau looked up from the papers on his desk and said “Good work Sargent, carry on”. Two very wise man who retired on the same day, my uncle Jeff and our late Prime Minister.