There’s a reason I’ve continued to cover the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” film franchise since the first installment hit back in 2010; they’re particularly well made family films and, sure enough, the third film, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” falls right in line.
Summer has arrived! Trouble is, Greg (Zachary Gordon) and his father, Frank (Steve Zahn), have two very different ideas of what summer vacation should entail. While Greg looks forward to spending endless hours playing video games, Frank insists summertime should be spent outdoors playing catch in the yard, at the community pool or camping with the Wilderness Explorers group.
When Greg’s lack of non-videogame ambition becomes too much, Frank suggests that Greg start coming to the office with him as a summer intern. In order to avoid a summer in a cubicle, Greg blurts out the first thing he can think of; he can’t intern with his father because he got a job at Rowley’s (Robert Capron) country club. Unless ordering smoothies at Rowley’s parents’ expense and trying to make a move on his crush, Holly Hills (Peyton List), constitutes work, Greg’s new gig is one big fat lie. Lucky for Greg, Rodrick’s (Devon Bostick) crush, Holly’s sister, Heather (Melissa Roxburgh), also belongs to the same country club so as long as Greg keeps sneaking Rodrick in, his secret is safe.
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The boys of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rulesare professionals, but they’re still kids, too. At the film’s press conference stars Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Devon Bostick and author Jeff Kinney took the time not only to tell us about their experience on the set, but to revel in their successful pranks as well.
Rodrick Rules is the second of two Wimpy Kidfilms and incorporates material from the second and third books of Kinney’s five-book series. It focuses on the relationship between Greg Heffley (Gordon) and his older brother Rodrick (Bostick). With his best pal Rowley (Capron) by his side, Greg must abide by his mother’s (Rachael Harris) rule to spend some quality time with Rodrick forcing him to deal with Rodrick’s big bro bullying head on. Meanwhile, back at school, Greg is upgraded to seventh grader status. While this might mean he doesn’t get picked on quite as much, he’s always getting himself into uncomfortable situations right in front of the new girl, Holly Hills (Peyton List).
Greg isn’t the only one who suffers through embarrassing situations; it seems as though the cast and Kinney dealt with their fair share, too. Check out all of the insightful information the guys had to share about their new film as well as all of the laughs and good times, too.
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Kid actors normally tend to fall on one of the extreme ends of the spectrum; they’re either frustratingly youthful or abnormally mature for their age. Diary of a Wimpy Kid’s Robert Capron, on the other hand, is a well-spoken young adult, but very much a kid, too.
Capron first hit the Hollywood scene last year in the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie playing Greg Heffley’s (Zachary Gordon) goofy, but well-meaning buddy Rowley Jefferson. Well, Wimpy Kid is back and so is Capron. In the sequel, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, the focus is on Greg and his big brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick), but there’s no way Greg would be able to survive the sibling rivalry without his best pal. This time around Rowley might not break any bones, but he does roll around in the back of Rodrick’s van, do the conga at a high school party and a little Lady Gaga lip-synching, too.
Is it as fun as it sounds? You bet. Capron is clearly well versed in standard filmmaking techniques, even giving his own version of ADR (automated dialogue replacement) 101, but at heart, Capron is just your average 12-year-old who enjoys hanging out with his friends and playing Xbox. But, of course, when he’s not just being a kid, Capron has his eye on the future and he certainly has a bright one ahead of him.
Hear all about Capron’s experience on the set of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, how it’s been working with Tim Burton on his new Frankenweenie film and much more in the video interview below.
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It was an average day on the red carpet. While waiting for the talent to make their way down the press line, I watched cameras flash and reviewed my notes. Soon enough it was my turn and the actors stood before me eager to answer my questions. They were poised, proficient and thrilled to talk about their movie. They were 11-year-old Zachary Gordon and Robert Capron of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Anyone who has children or has watched over a little one while his or her parents are occupied knows, at times, it’s not an easy task. But Gordon and Capron aren’t children; they’re young professionals. Gordon stars a Greg Heffley, a middle school student who avidly writes in his ‘journal, not a diary.’ He’s not the most popular kid in school and is on the slender side making him a prime target for bullies. He may play the wimpy kid in the movie, but Gordon assured me, he’s not really a wimp, “I’m small and thin, but I have no other characteristics.”
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