The cute kid with the glasses from Jerry Maguire is all grown up – and he’s got a very special Father’s Day tribute for his on-screen father figure, Tom Cruise.
Jonathan Lipnicki, who played Renée Zellweger‘s human encyclopedia of a son in the 1996 film, is participating in Screen Junkies‘ “Dads of Our Lives Series” – a tongue-in-cheek satire in which former child actors wish their movie dads happy Father’s Day.
“I’m here to thank you, Jerry Maguire, for everything you did for me – from drunkenly brooding on my mom’s couch having a nervous breakdown to dropping completely unnecessary f-bombs when I wanted to go to the zoo,” the actor, 24, jokes. “Sure, you were probably experiencing an episode of clinical mania, but hey, it was never a dull moment.”
Lipnicki goes on to vent about his difficulties escaping typecasting after his iconic role: “How could one child be so ludicrously, almost illegally adorable? And who could forget those glasses, am I right? Certainly not any producer, director or casting director in Hollywood, because everybody still thinks of me as the cute little kid from Jerry Maguire.”
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He goes on, “Never mind that I’m a talented, classically trained adult actor capable of playing a wide variety of roles. ‘Hey, it’s the cute little kid from Jerry Maguire!’ ‘Say Show me the money!’ ”
The former child star also notes that he’s done quite a bit of growing up since his breakout role, and shows a bonus pic of his shirtless abs.
“That’s right. I’m the cute little kid who taught you that the human head weighs eight pounds,” he says. “But now, I bench 250 and I’m a competitive Brazilian jiu jitsu fighter.”