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Former child actor Jonathan Lipnicki, who played Tom Cruise‘s bespectacled “son” in 1996’s Jerry Maguire, is celebrating Father’s Day early with a video tribute to his onscreen dad.
As part of Screen Junkies’ “Dads of Our Lives” series (which features child stars paying tribute to their movie dads), Lipnicki delivered a sarcastically endearing message to Jerry Maguire in a video posted Monday.
“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,” he says in the clip. “Sure, you were probably experiencing an episode of clinical mania, but hey, it was never a dull moment.”
Lipnicki, who also starred in Stuart Little and Like Mike, goes on to express his discontent with only being remembered for his role in the 1996 film. “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,” he says, before delving into a full-fledged rant. “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!’ That’s not even my f—ing line, you f—ing f—!”
He adds, “That’s right. I’m the cute little kid who taught you that the human head weighs eight pounds. But now, I bench 250 and I’m a competitive Brazilian jujitsu fighter.”
Last year, the series featured an equally satirical video tribute to Breaking Bad‘s Walter White by onscreen son R.J. Mitte.
Watch Lipnicki’s Father’s Day tribute below.