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“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” star Zachary Gordon – Our Exclusive Interview!

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: In 20th Century Fox’s upcoming “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” sequel, older brothers appear to have the upper hand over their defenseless younger siblings. That means the deceitful Rodrick Heffley (Devon Bostick) is going to make life extremely difficult for our hero, Greg (Zachary Gordon), the wimpy kid.

“Rodrick Rules,” the second film adapted from Jeff Kinney’s bestselling “Wimpy Kid” series, opens in theaters this Friday, March 25. When Fox asked if I wanted to speak with Gordon, I deferred to my 7-year-old son, a devoted follower of Greg’s crazy adventures both on the page and on the screen. As he prepared to head off to school for the day, the 13-year-old Gordon telephoned and talked all things “Wimpy” with us.

HollywoodNews.com: My son would like to know if you read the “Wimpy Kid” books before you saw the first script.

Zachary Gordon: I did read the books before the audition. But I did want to make a movie out of Jeff’s books myself. It’s kind of interesting. Fox beat me to it.

Oh, you wanted to actually direct them yourself?

Yeah, I wanted to star in them, as well! But I only got one out of the two.

Are you playing around with film and trying to learn about directing?

Yes, I want to be a director when I get older. I used a Flip Camera on the “Wimpy Kid” set every once in a while. But I think I’m probably going to get my own video camera in like a year or something.

He also wonders if you keep your own diary?

I don’t, actually. The studio wanted me to keep one on the first movie, but I didn’t have enough time. Eventually I was getting so tied up with keeping up with the shoot, I figured I should just avoid it.

My son also was curious which book was your favorite from the series.

My favorite has to be the first one. It’s the first time you are experiencing everything, and it starts the whole awesome series.

What was different coming back to the role of Greg a second time?

I wasn’t that nervous at all. It was like a family reunion, seeing everybody again. That was cool. But I kind of felt like Greg again the minute that I saw everybody. It was like I never left.

That leads into my son’s next question. Do you and the actor who plays Rodrick get along in real life?

We do! We’re brothers on and off screen. We love to play pranks on each other and we give each other advice. There’s a lot of brotherly love between us.

Thanks, Zachary. We appreciate you taking the time.

Of course! Tell your son I said hi.

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” will be in theaters on March 25.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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