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DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES

This Time, Rodrick Rules!
Devon Bostick, returning as eldest sibling Rodrick, was thrilled the character is front and center in this second Wimpy Kid story. "The title is ‘Rodrick Rules,' so that means, a lot more Rodrick this time,” says the young actor. "In this movie, you get to see a brighter side of Rodrick, but also a darker and goofier side.

"Rodrick torments Greg 24/7,” Devon continues. "But he feels like he's teaching Greg some tough lessons about life. Rodrick thinks that if Greg can get past the pranks, then he can do anything.” The brothers eventually bond over a shared secret; are they actually becoming…friends? "Rodrick wants to take Greg under his wing,” adds Bostick. "Rodrick rules in a few ways: the first is ruling by being an awesome role model to his younger brother – despite the pranks Rodrick plays on Greg. The other is that he has a set of rules that he considers the way to an easy life and he teaches these to Greg.”

Rodrick's Rules – the worldly advice he shares with his little brother – include such pearls of wisdom as: Don't be good at anything you don't want to do; always lower Mom and Dad's expectations; and never do something when someone else can do it for you.

Simpson notes that when they were originally casting the role of Rodrick, "A lot of people played him as a classic bully. But Devon had a great sense of humor about the character and had fun being the evil, torturing older brother. Once we had Devon, we knew fans would accept Rodrick because Devon makes us feel that there is some love underneath Rodrick's attitude toward Greg. Rodrick is just doing what older brothers do.”

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