Remember greedy Bruce Bogtrotter from Matilda? Jimmy Karz is completely unrecognisable now 15 years on (and kinda hot!)

IN the hit film Matilda, the chocolate cake feast on stage in front of the entire school is a memorable movie scene that many of us are familiar with.

Family favourite film, Matilda, based on the story by Roald Dahl and starring Danny Devito is ingrained in the memory of adults and children around the world.

But would you recognise the stars of the film today?

Jimmy Karz, now 37, played Matilda's classmate Bruce Bogtrotter in the film in 1996, when he was only 12.

His full name is James Elliot Karz and he was born on July 26, 1984, in Los Angeles, California.

Matilda marked his acting debut, but you couldn't tell as the kid was a true professional, despite being hounded by a horrifying headmistress in the film.

Jimmy played the part of 12 year old Bruce, who was forced to eat a massive chocolate cake in front of his classmates as a punishment for eating their terrifying headteachers, Ms Trunchbull's, slice of chocolate cake in the fridge.


Of course, as we all know, Bruce is visibly struggling until Matilda, played by Mara Wilson, stands up shouting 'You can do it, Brucey', encouraging the rest of the assembly of students to join in by cheering him on.

Bruce finds the encouragement to polish off the entire cake and completes his challenge with an almighty burp that shakes the school hall.

He finishes it all and his overjoyed classmates roar with glee while applauding his triumph over their hated headteacher, Ms Trunchbull.

After starring in Matilda he was in popular medical drama ER which featured George Clooney and Alex Kingston in 1998.

He played Alfred Clark, in the episode Day for Knight, which is the first episode of the fifth series.

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In 1998 he had a role in Adam Sandler film, The Wedding Singer, as the'Studliest kid' at a Bar Mitzvah.

The part in the classic 90's film had Jimmy squeezing Drew Barrymore's bum while they danced together.

Actor Jimmy is somewhat of a hunk in real life, and he scrubs up nicely in his pictures on social media.

On Instagram Jimmy has over 3,000 followers where his bio reads: “most known for being Bruce bogtrotter in Matilda."

Like his co-star Mara Wilson, Jimmy has left the acting world behind, and chose to focus on his education.

Jimmy continued his school studied at Grant High School and graduated in 2002.

He then went to Philadephia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he trained to become a doctor.

Fellow Californian Mara, who played Matilda when she was 9, is now 33 and became quite the child star following the success of Matilda, Mrs Doubtfire and Miracle on 34th Street.

In a rare TV interview, on Australian TV channel Today Extra, Mara said: “It hurt to hear adult critics saying things against me. It felt very unfair and very hard. There was really a lot of pressure on me, I felt, from the outside world."

Mara has released a book in 2016 about what it was like being a child star called Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame and is now associate editor at The Atlantic.

She focused her attention on writing and also has over 600k followers on Twitter, where she shares witty observations and articles.

For more celebrity stories, why not check out the rest of the child stars from Matilda? The cast all look very different now

A teacher in the film we did like was Miss Honey, remember her? Here’s what she looks like now

There are some things you may have missed from the classic film, for example, there’s a VERY cheeky joke about character’s privates hidden in Matilda – but did it go over your head?

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