Warning: Video is *probably* NSFW; it has a few S-Bombs.
Former child star Jonathan Lipnicki – the adorable little tot from 1996’s Jerry Maguire – is back, spoofing fun at himself, and other former child stars, in a hilarious YouTube Video.
Lipnicki, now 23 and indescribably buff – he’s an amateur weightlifter and trains in MMA – appears in the spoof video as himself, auditioning for a role in what appears to be a drama or romance, and nailing the audition. Things go south for the former child actor, however, when the producers start projecting former child star stereotypes, like drug addiction and trouble with the law, onto him. He protests that he’s kept his hands clean.
“I’ve never done drugs, I’ve never punched out a tourist. I went to public school! I played little league baseball!”
In fact, unlike a lot of former child stars, such as Lindsay Lohan or Gary Coleman, Lipnicki has managed to stay out of trouble. The most “trouble” he’s gotten into – if it can even be called that – was an incident in 2011 where he filed a restraining order against a crazed ex-girlfriend (see this Inquisitr article).
Lipnicki hasn’t completely disappeared from the public eye, however. He’s managed to find steady, if unremarkable, acting work since Jerry Maguire. He appeared in Stuart Little, TV’s The Jeff Foxworthy Show, and several other small TV and movie parts over last couple of decades. He’s currently working on Robert Kirbyson’s upcoming film Boone: The Bounty Hunter, according to IMDB.
He’s also had a career on stage; most recently wrapping up John Pollono’s Lost Girls in Los Angeles.
So how did Jonathan Lipnicki avoid the pitfalls that have plagued so many other child stars before and since his day? By keeping balance; since his heyday as a child star, Jonathan has been involved in martial arts and weightlifting, as well as a variety of political, charitable, and social causes. On his website, Jonathan’s biographer says:
“Involved in a variety of charity, health and political organizations, Lipnicki made a moving speech in front of congress in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at the age of only 10, and was subsequently titled one of the charity’s Heroes of the Year. In more recent years, Lipnicki has been seen attending benefit and awareness functions for Declare Yourself – a movement aimed at getting young Americans interested in politics.”
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