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The man next to Tom Cruise in this photo is not the child from the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire


A collage of two pictures of Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, one with a child in 1996 and the other one allegedly with the same child now grown up, is viral on social media. Let’s check the facts behind this picture through this article.

Claim: The child from the movie Jerry Maguire now looks older than Tom Cruise in their latest photo together.

Fact: The persons in these two photos of the collage are two different people. The top picture is a still from the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire; the name of the actor sitting next to Tom Cruise is Jonathan Lipnicki and the image at the bottom features Tom Cruise with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie. Hence the claim made in the post is False.

To know the details behind each picture, we performed a reverse image search on Yandex. The top photo led us to an article which contained the same photo titled ‘You won’t believe what the kid from ‘Jerry Maguire’ looks like now.. ‘ Jerry Maguire (here and here) is a 1996 film starring Tom Cruise, Renée Zellweger and Cuba Gooding Jr. among others.

The child actor in the photo is Jonathan Lipnicki, and you can see in the image below to know how he looks now. Jonathan is 32 years old now; he uploads his pictures on his Instagram profile, on which he also penned a note on the 25th anniversary of Jerry Maguire.

After establishing how Jonathan looks now, it is evident that the man in the bottom picture is not him. The person in it is actually filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie, who directed two Mission Impossible films and is the director of the upcoming two instalments of the franchise starring Tom Cruise. This picture was taken during the world premiere of Mission Impossible: Fallout in 2018 in Paris and is available on Getty Images.

To sum up, the photo of Christopher McQuarrie is falsely shared as the latest photo of the child actor in the movie Jerry Maguire.


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