Bruce Bogtrotter is an overweight boy from Roald Dahl's book Matilda. He steals a slice of Miss Trunchbull's cake and is punished by being forced to eat a whole 18 inch chocolate cake in front of the whole school.
In the book Bruce is 11 years old May 25 and overweight. He only appears in the chapter "Bruce Bogtrotter and the Chocolate Cake." Bruce does extremly well in the task with the chocolate cake until the last slice when he slows down but the other children cheer him to finish. Afterwards Miss Trunchbull smashes him on the head with a plate, but this doesn't bother him.
In the film Bruce is still 11 years old and overweight. He lives on the same block as Lavender, his role is extended slightly he appears at the end to throw cake in Miss Truchbull's face, and helps the children in Miss Honey's class catch the newt for Miss Trunchbull's drink. He is shown to be quite intelligent in this scene. After the chocolate cake Miss Trunchbull hits Bruce on the head with the plate smashing it much like in the book. This doesn't bother Bruce, after this Bruce is dragged away out of the hall and his fate is unknown after this he is either let off, or most likely put in Chokey. Bruce finds the chocolate cake task very hard and needs cheering on at the end by the others.
Bruce was portrayed by 12 year old Jimmy Karz
Bruce's role is extended enormously. Bruce is the biggest male child's role available he has many lines in songs and scenes. Bruce has an amazing singing voice as proved in song Revolting Children. In the show Bruce is very skinny, and is the same age as Matilda and in Miss Honey's class. He does the cake task very well, until the last verse when he starts to struggle until Matilda says "Come on Bruce do it!" There is a song "Bruce" to the cake scene. Afterwards Bruce is taken to the Chokey for suceeding but doesn't get hit over the head with a plate.
In London Bruce is played by Zachory Harris, Jake Bailey, and James Beesley
In Stratford Bruce is played by Kuan Frye, Jake Bailey, and James Beesley
Consider a slice Or even two, Bruce... Might have been nice, But even you, Bruce, Have to admit Between you and it There's not a lot of difference in size.
Girls: He can't! He surely can't! He surely can't! He might explode. He's going to blow. Make him stop!
Hortensia: I can't watch!
Boys:He can! Bruce!You are the man, Bruce!He's quite elastic!He's fantastic!Look at him go!
And we made a bet This must confirm, Bruce, But we all suspected You have a worm, Bruce, Or maybe your largeness is A bit like a TARDIS - Considerably roomier inside.
Girls: He can't! He surely can't! He surely can't!
Boys: He can! Bruce! You are the man, Bruce!
All kids: B-R-O-O-C-E!
Bruce! The time has come To put that tumbly tum to use. You produce, Bruce, Fantastically enthusiastic gastric juice.
Oh-oh-oh... Eat it up. Lick it up. Suck it up. Whatever you do, don't chuck it up, And muck it up!
Come on, Bruce, be our hero! Cover yourself in chocolate glory!
You'll never again be subject to abuse, For your immense caboose! We should call a truce, Bruce. With every swallow you are tightening the noose. We never thought it was possible, But here it is coming true. We can have our cake and eat it too!
Bruce! The time has come To put that tumbly tum to use. There's no excuse, Bruce. Let out your belt. I think you'll want your trousers loose.
Oooooh! Stuff it in. Bruce! You're almost finished. Bruce! You'll fit it in. Whatever you do, just don't give in. Bruce! Don't let her win! Bruce!
Come on, Bruce, be our hero. Cover yourself in chocolate glory.
Go on, Bruce, do it!
You'll never again be subject to abuse, For your immense caboose. We should call a truce, Bruce. Just one more bite and you'll have completely cooked the goose. We never thought it was possible, But here it is coming true. We can have our cake and eat it...
GO ON, BRUCIE!