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"Diary Of A Wimpy Kid" Star Charlie Wright Says That Playing Rodrick "Ruined" His Career

If you're a fan of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies, you know Charlie Wright, who played Rodrick in the film franchise's fourth installment, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.

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I'm going to be totally honest with you: The Long Haul — which was, as of this writing, the final live-action installment in the Wimpy Kid franchise — was not a success. Critics didn't like it, and it made $40 million worldwide off of a reported $20 million budget, which is not great by Hollywood standards.

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To make matters worse, it sounds as if the film also had a pretty negative impact on Charlie's career.

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In a recent YouTube video titled "Life as #NotMyRodrick," Charlie revealed that the backlash to his being cast as Rodrick turned into a meme that made pursuing a career in acting much, much harder. “Let’s just say that when the world found out I was playing Rodrick, they weren’t very happy,” he said.

Along with memes came hurtful messages and death threats, as well as the #NotMyRodrick hashtag. Charlie also revealed that he still receives death threats to this day.

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“Do I have any hatred or anger towards people who participated in the #NotMyRodrick thing? No, I don’t," he said. "I did go through a depressive episode for almost three years afterwards and it kind of ruined my acting career, but I’m still alive. I’m still here.”

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Charlie also said that the most difficult part of all the hate he received for playing Rodrick was "that I felt like I hadn’t really done anything to deserve it."

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"I just had to suck it up and deal with it. I had to kind of figure it out on my own, and, you know, it took me three years to finally let go and move on.”

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You can watch Charlie's entire video here.