From Half-Pint To Hunk — ‘Jerry Maguire’s’ Jonathan Lipnicki
First Published: November 19, 2010 1:37 PM EST Credit: Access Hollywood / Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Jonathan Lipnicki is all grown up!
The adorable now-20-year-old former “Jerry Maguire” child star (most known for his famous line, “Do you know that the human head weighs eight pounds?”), stopped by Access Hollywood Live on Wednesday to chat about his upcoming projects and his days working with Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger.
“[Tom and Renee] were both just awesome to work with,” Jonathan told Access Hollywood Live’s Billy Bush and Kit Hoover, of shooting “Jerry Maguire” with the film icons. “I’m just so thankful that was my first experience working was with such a great cast.
“Tom was always just having fun, every day was just so much fun,” he continued. “They were all just excited to be at work — it was such a fun atmosphere.”
Jonathan, who was a mere 5-years-old while filming the hit sports movie, said that despite his young age, he was able to recite his lines without help.
“I memorized everything actually,” Jonathan told Billy and Kit. “I went over all the scenes with my mom and memorized everything.”
Though “Jerry Maguire” made him an instant star, the role also threatened to pigeonhole the actor into limited acting opportunities.
“I think a lot of people don’t know that I grew up,” Jonathan laughed. “They think I’m five! I was fortunate enough to work a lot after [“Jerry Maguire”], and then I decided to take off time to really just go to school.”
Jonathan resumed a somewhat “normal” childhood — something he is “really grateful” for and credits to his parents.
“I went to public school — went to prom, did homecoming, everything,” Jonathan told Billy and Kit. “It’s great because now I can come back as a different person. I’ve learned a lot and I can come back and have kind of a new career.”
The young star is returning to the big screen alongside veteran actor James Caan in “For The Love Of Money.” The drama also stars another former child star, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day’s” Edward Furlong, and is slated for release sometime in 2011.
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