Zach Gordon plays Greg Heffley in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. J-14 got the chance to talk all about the movie. Read on to discover some funny moments that happened on set, as well as some advice from Zach!
J-14: Tell us a little bit about where your character is in this movie the second time around.
Zach Gordon: In this one it's about Greg dealing with Rodrick's constant tormenting. It doesn't help at all that his parents try to help them bond by putting them in really weird situations.
J-14: What's it like working with Devon Bostick?
Zach: We have so much fun on set. He's like my brother away from home because I have two older brothers. He likes to play tricks on me. One trick that happened on set was during the last week and they were videoing for the DVD. Devon says, "Hey Zach, I got some double chocolate Oreos. I'm gonna give you one, but this is on camera so you have to dance for it." And I'm like, "Well, I don't really want to dance," so I took the cookie and ran. The camera was following me, Devon was running after me, and I took a bite, and the cookie was filled with toothpaste.
J-14: Did you take anything from being a little brother to play Greg? Are you teased by your older brothers in real life?
Zach: Of course, but I have to say that having two older brothers is like having two Rodricks! But I did [take things from being a little brother] on set when I was working with Devon. I did kind of put myself in the moment when my parents were out to dinner with friends and my brothers always used to torment me or they would hold on to my hands and just kick my leg and then I'd fall down. I kind of think of it in that way. I brought it back to the scene where Rodrick is tormenting me.
J-14: Now that you've done the second movie and the "Wimpy Kid" had a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, is it really weird being the face of this book?
Zach: I'm going to be honest with you that I still feel like I'm a regular kid in some ways. But seeing myself on screen is like, "Oh cool! I'm on screen!" But I still hang out with my friends from school. We go places. I don't get recognized too often. I actually play on a basketball team, which is fun.
J-14: What's your advice out there for the wimpy kids?
Zach: I would have to say be your own person. Don't try to act like somebody who you're not. You have to kind of guide your own path.
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