Bruce Bogtrotter Looks Completely Different Today

by : UNILAD on : 21 Jan 2018 21:28
undefinedTriStar Pictures

Puberty is a powerful thing, and for the actor who played the legendary Bruce Bogtrotter in Matilda, it has truly been a blessing.


We were all cheering Bruce, real name Jimmy Karz, on to give a big middle finger to Miss Trunchbull in the form of guzzling an entire massive chocolate cake.

Now 33-years-old Karz is a far cry from the kid we knew as Bruce and seems to have given up on acting entirely.

Here’s a video of adult Bruce trying his cake challenge again…


He did peak pretty early to be fair.

Since the age of 12 when he starred in Matilda, Karz has two other acting credits to his name. You might remember his single scene in The Wedding Singer where he played a young boy who was rebuffed by the girl he likes at a bar mitzvah.

Apart from that he was in one episode of ER in 1998, and that’s it.

Karz did reunite with the cast of Matilda in 2013 where the much more friendly looking Miss Trunchbull served him a considerably smaller cake.

Speaking to the DO about the original cake scene, Karz said:

That scene took about three weeks to film, from what I recall.

I had to be on set all day, and I had to wear the same outfit every day. The chocolate was already encrusted on this shirt I was wearing.

For continuity’s sake, every day I had to have the chocolate painted on my face the way it was painted the day before. I despised the smell of chocolate for a few weeks after that. I realized then that acting is not easy.


Karz graduated with a degree in Communications from St. John’s University in New York and worked for MTV News for a couple of years.

When he got bored of that he began studying medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, so he could be Dr Bruce Bogtrotter soon.

As for the rest of the cast of Matilda, we saw what the bright-eyed, chubby-cheeked trickster Lavender looks like now at the age of 30.

Meanwhile, our magical and plucky heroine Matilda, played by now 29 year-old Mara Wilson, has published a book called ‘Where Am I Now’ all about growing up.

Both actresses have stayed pretty under the radar since Matilda, although Wilson recently appeared in the TV series’ Broad City and BoJack Horseman.

Now if you excuse me, I really fancy some cake.

Topics: Film and TV


  1. DO

    Scene-stealing Matilda actor is now an osteopathic medical student