Actor Who Played Bruce Bogtrotter Has Undergone An Amazing Transformation Over The Years
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There are plenty of films that trigger that oh so endearing sense of nostalgia, but there's very few that do it as well as Matilda.
In fact, since 1996, no has ever listened to 'Send Me On My Way' by Rusted Root without calling it "the Matilda song"; something that well and truly gets on the tits of the seven Rusted Root fans.
Despite the heroinism of Matilda Wormwood, there's another character that captured the hearts of the world. That is, of course, Bruce Bogtrotter.
In a film filled with acts of defiance towards authority, it was Bogtrotter's spectacular eating of a chocolate cake that stood above the rest, as he had a PDA with the desert in front of his entire school.
Played by Jimmy Karz, who was 12-years-old at the time, it seemed to be one of those things that he'd live with for the rest of his life. However, 22 years later and Karz has completely changed, shedding the baggy skin of Bogtrotter.
He left behind his acting roots in the arse-end of the 90s, with his last credited role being an appearance on ER in 1998. That was one of only three credits he had, the second, obviously, being Matilda, and the third coming in The Wedding Singer.
Karz has since become one of those child actors who people are staggered by, because they obviously have no knowledge of puberty, or indeed time, which is what has happened to him. He looks nothing like he did in '96 - who'd have thought it?
In fairness, he is now unrecognisable, which is undoubtedly a good thing for him, given the amount of people who'd come up to him trying to get him to rub cake all over his face in an attempt to recreate that famous scene.
Get yourself a man who looks at you the way Brucey looks at cake AND Drew Barrymore. Credit: New Line Cinema
Instead now he's slimmed down, grown a beard and is the outdoorsy type of geezer.
He left behind showbiz and acting to focus on his education - an admirable decision to make - and is currently training to become a doctor at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, according to the Mirror.
It's fair to assume that Jimmy has spent the better part of 22 years trying to shake the reputation he was left after his two big movie roles, but I'm here to remind you that you'll always be Brucey to us, Jim.