Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has joined in on the April Fools’ Day spirit with a lighthearted tweet aimed at former Friends star – and classmate – Matthew Perry.
Justin Trudeau and the actor, who played Chandler Bing on the sitcom, both attended Rockcliffe Park Public School in Ottawa.
In an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s late night talk show last month, Perry recounted his memory of beating Trudeau up when they were students.
“I have a story about [Trudeau] that I’m not proud of,” Perry said, saying an old friend had recently reminded him of the altercation.
“I think he was excelling in a sport that we weren’t. So it was pure jealousy.”
Perry was born in the US, but moved to Canada as a child, where he was apparently a couple of years ahead of a young Trudeau at their primary school in Ottawa, the country’s capital.
On April 1, Trudeau tweeted that he wouldn’t mind revisiting the fight.
I’ve been giving it some thought, and you know what, who hasn’t wanted to punch Chandler? How about a rematch @MatthewPerry?
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau)
April 1, 2017
Justin Trudeau joined in on the April Fool’s Day fun with a jab at Matthew Perry.
“I’ve been giving it some thought, and you know what, who hasn’t wanted to punch Chandler? How about a rematch (at)MatthewPerry?” he wrote.
Trudeau’s spokeswoman confirmed it was an April Fools’ joke.
In Perry’s interview with Jimmy Kimmel he joked about how their altercation may have inspired Trudeau to become prime minister.
“I think it was rather instrumental in him becoming, you know, going to such great heights and becoming the prime minister. I think he said ‘I’m going to rise above this,'” he said.
AP and Fairfax Media