Monday, June 24, 2024

Exclusive: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Declines Offer to Fist Fight Trump: “I’ve retired!”


Call it a crazy chance encounter. I met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week in Toronto.

We crossed paths in a local restaurant. Yes, he had a security detail. But in a crush of people, we wound up face to face for a split second. It was a very Zen moment.

I had a nanosecond to think of something to say as I saw him and his bodyguards about to collide with me. So said, “I knew your mother from the Studio 54 days.”  His mom, Margaret Trudeau, was the star of Studio 54 during her party girl days. I have a distinct memory of her from that time, and it’s very nice.

I thought my friends at Sirius XM’s Studio 54 channel would appreciate that, too.

Quickly, I introduced myself as an entertainment journalist from New York. I said, “May I ask you one question?” He said, “Yes.” So I did it. I said, “Would you please come to the States and fist fight Donald Trump? We have to do something!”

Trudeau could see I was being facetious. But he did let out a laugh, and smiled. He had the perfect response, too: “I can’t! I’ve retired!” he cried. And then he was whisked away.

Well, I tried, folks. I got thisclose.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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