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.
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.
3. The drawings were authentic
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.
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!
6. Cast Credits
The film has one of the longest cast credits in movie history because every single extra was credited.
What is your favorite scene from Napoleon Dynamite?
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