The Sunday Night Movie Tweet Along for Sunday November 4 was NAPOLEON DYNAMITE. Film stars Jon Heder (Napoleon) & Efren Ramirez (Pedro) joined the #SMTA crew to live tweet from our viewing party at Mike McGuiness’ house in Los Angeles.
In addition to being good sports and live tweeting the movie with us, they also offered up some pretty interesting trivia about the film. Here are some exclusive behind the scenes facts we learned about Napoleon Dynamite:
Heder traded his original “Vote for Pedro” t-shirt with a prop guy for the original golden snitch from the first Harry Potter
Heder actually drew the picture of the “Liger.” All the art from the film is his original artwork.
Jon Heder has the “Pegasus x-ing” sign from Napoleon’s door hanging in his house
“Every ‘tot’ I ate in this film was so cold, soggy, and SO NOT crunchy” - Jon Heder
There weren’t any stuntmen. Heder actually got thrown from the horse in one of the takes and “got the wind knocked out of me.”
The only thing choreographed in the dance scene in the end was just the first 2 or 3 eight counts right up to where Napoleon goes into spirit hands. The rest was spontaneously made up.
Efren Ramirez (Pedro) was originally going to shave his head like Robert DeNiro in “Taxi Driver” during his head shaving scene, but had to just shave his entire head because they were running out of time to film the scene
According to Heder: “I also made like half of those boondoggle thingies. Man, I was so crafty on that set.”
Efren Ramirez describes the wig he wore in most scenes as Pedro as “really hot.” As in physically hot. Not sexy. Just hot to wear.
The director of Napoleon Dynamite’s mother’s name is Christmas
The milk judges were the director’s dad and grandpa
The old farmer in the farm scene was the real deal. Not an actor.
Jon Gries never swallowed a piece of meat in any of the eating scenes. He spit it out. He’s vegetarian.
According to Jon Heder “The following Christmas after shooting this film, my wife and I performed that “the rose” sign language number for a talent show”
The “grandma on the 4 wheeler” is only scene NOT shot in Preston, Idaho