Napoleon and Pedro take the stage at Salt Lake comic Con 2014, Efren Ramirez and Jon Heder talk Napoleon Dynamite
The Napoleon Dynamite reunion at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 featured Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez taking the stage in front of an enthusiastic audience that probably voted for Pedro.
Napoleon Dynamite is Heder’s “personal” favorite when it comes to the making of the film.
“I think there’s a little bit of Napoleon in everyone,” says Heder. “Napoleon is a walking awkward moment.” Everybody in the film is really kind of awkward.
Everyone has those awkward moments, so everyone can relate to Dynamite.
“There’s a moment where we feel that we don’t have any friends,” says Ramirez. “Napoleon Dynamite is about friends.”
“A lot of the scenes in the film are based on real events,” says Ramirez.
“Tots are normally so good I gobble them up right away,” says Heder.
“It’s weird to see people… doing the dance,” says Heder. “Honestly, I don’t know what to say; it’s kind of cool but weird.”
World of Warcraft has a dance tribute.
“I didn’t audition; I just walked around BYU,” says Heder on how he got the part.
What would Pedro and Napoleon be now? Teachers at the school, workers in the food service industry.
Heder says that a sequel to Napoleon Dynamite would be sad.
What would happen if Heder met Dynamite?
“I think it would be awkward. The guy’s a weirdo,” says Heder.
“Pedro’s a little like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton,” says Ramirez.
Heder is a return missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and speaks Japanese.
“Awkward high fives are what I’m all about,” says Heder.