“Napoleon Dynamite” Then And Now



Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite)

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Fun Fact: Jon Heder was paid only $1,000 to take the lead role, and the film was shot for around $400,000. Was it worth not washing your perm for 22 days?

Tina Majorino (Deb)

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Fun Fact: Napoleon Dynamite was the first movie Tina Majorino starred in after taking a five-year break from acting. Majorino told MovieWeb, “The main reason that I wanted to be a part of Napoleon Dynamite was because it was a comedy, and I hadn’t really gotten an opportunity to do any humor in films before.”

Jon Gries (Uncle Rico)

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Fun Fact: Many people have said Jon Gries was a vegetarian and spit out the steak in every one of his scenes. However, in his 2014 Reddit AMA, he said he was not a vegetarian and didn’t like the steak because he thought it was gross.

Aaron Ruell (Kip)

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Fun Fact: Aaron Ruell got actual braces for the role. He told IGN in 2004, after suggesting Kip have braces, “I just assumed that we’d be able to Hollywood it up and there would be some temporary things I’d put in… flash-forward to, you know, showing up at Jared’s place a week before shooting and I’m in the orthodontist’s chair getting real braces attached to my teeth.”

Tina the Llama

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Fun Fact: As of five months ago, TINA IS STILL ALIVE!

Efren Ramirez (Pedro)

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Fun Fact: Despite being 30 years old when Napoleon Dynamite was filmed, Efren Ramirez was still able to pull off a high school–age character.

Shondrella Avery (Lafawnduh)


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