6 Facts You Never Knew About The Movie ‘Napoleon Dynamite’

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It’s hard to believe that the cult-classic movie, Napoleon Dynamite, hit theaters 10 years ago this week. Yes, it’s really been that long.

Whether you plan to commemorate the anniversary by throwing a viewing party or organizing a flash mob to reenact the epic final dance, first dig your “Vote For Pedro” t-shirt out of the archives and pop some tator tots in the oven, because it’s time to take a trip down memory lane!

Here are six secrets you never knew about the movie:

1. Lead actor Jon Heder was only paid $1,000 to star in the film

The film made over $40,000,000 in the United States alone. After the film’s success, Heder re-negotiated and received a cut of the profits.

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2. Preston, Idaho is a real place

The film was set in Preston, Idaho, which really exists. From 2004 to 2008, the town held a Napoleon Dynamite Festival every summer.

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3. The drawings were authentic

With the exception of the unicorn, Heder drew all of the drawings in the film. (Even the Liger!)

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4. It had extremely low production costs

The movie was shot in just 22 days, and producer Jeremy Croon edited it on his personal computer using Final Cut Pro.

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5. Heder improvised the dance scene

The producers knew Heder liked to dance, so they wrote in that scene just for him. But instead of hiring a choreographer, they told him to wing it—he came up with the moves on the spot!

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6. Cast Credits

The film has one of the longest cast credits in movie history because every single extra was credited.

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