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Jerry Maguire was a movie that earned Tom Cruise an Oscar nomination, and yet, he's not really the most famous part of the film. That honor goes to Jonathan Lipnicki who, as a child actor stole the movie away from the superstar. As an adult, Lipnicki still meets people who remember him from that role. They all apparently do the same thing, and what's annoying is they all do it wrong. If you're going to quote the film back to the actor who was in it, please get the line right. The human head weighs eight pounds.
In Jerry Maguire, Jonathan Lpnicki played Ray, the five-year-old son of Renee Zellwegger's single mom Dorthey. Ray was full of boundless energy and perpetually has something adorable to say throughout the film. At one point, he peppers Jerry with random bits of trivia that he knows, beginning with the fact that "the human head weighs eight pounds." Apparently, that's the bit that people remember and that they routinely misquote when they meet Lipnicki as he tells Entertainment Weekly. We'd have to assume that most don't bother to Google the quote before reciting it to the actor, though the really surprising part is all the people who apparently think they're the first to ever do that. Public Service Announcement: Every actor has heard their lines shouted back to them. Every one. Now you know.
Also, isn't the fact that bees and dogs can smell fear a much more interesting piece of trivia?
The fact that Jonathan Lipnicki is now 26 years old has me feeling more than a little old. It's been 20 years since we learned the weight of the human head, along with several other quotable lines, like Cuba Goodling Jr.'s "Show Me the Money." I'm sure he still hears that one all the time too.
So today's lesson is to make sure you have your movie quotes right. Even if you're pretty sure what the line is, it wouldn't hurt to double check and just be sure. If you're a fan, the least you can do is get the quote you're going to annoy your favorite actor with correct.