Jon Heder on his take on life.
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Jon Heder on his take on life.
By pierreour on Jun 20, 2014 03:22 AM
"I make fun of so many people in my life, like my wife and my best friends. We make fun of the people we love. To me, life is making fun of stuff in a totally light way."
You can thank Jon Heder for bringing the word back into popularity, which came from his breakthrough role in 2004 surprise hit Napoleon Dynamite. The indie flick, directed by Jon Heder university classmate, turned the actor into a star, not to mention an icon for geeks everywhere. He has since landed roles in Hollywood films like The Benchwarmers, Just Like Heaven and Blades of Glory.
Jon Heder personal status as a practicing Mormon is a guiding influence in his professional choices. As such, he refuses to participate in scenes with nudity or sex and won accept a role if his character uses profanity, alcohol or drugs (among other things). It a gutsy stance to take in Hollywood, but one person who respects his values is Kirsten Bales, his wife since 2002.
Some might argue that Jon Heder strict rules impede him from fully flexing his on screen appeal to women, but he still boasts Reese Witherspoon, Anna Faris, Kristen Bell, and Jenna Fischer as past costars. There are more than a few guys who would trade places with him. He also an active sportsman who lists scuba diving, baseball, track, and basketball as some of his past endeavors. He also loves to dance, and it impossible to forget his memorable moves in Napoleon Dynamite. All in all, there more to Jon Heder appeal than meets the eye.
Jon Heder thought his future was in animation until two words changed his life forever: Napoleon Dynamite. He was only paid $1,000 to star in the indie film, but the movie turned him into an unlikely Hollywood star. Jon Heder became the poster boy for nerds everywhere, with expressions like "vote for Pedro" quickly becoming worshipped in geek culture. The film also earned Kevin Norwood Authentic Jersey him his biggest accolades to date with two MTV Movie Awards and a pair of Teen Choice Awards.
While he would be the first to tell you that there are worse things than lifelong typecasting as Napoleon, Jon Heder has gravitated out of that universe first, with Hollywood fare (Just Like Heaven, The Benchwarmers and School for Scoundrels), and more recently with Blades of Glory and 2009 When In Rome. Not one to discriminate between movies, television and the web, Jon Heder recently made a guest appearance on My Name is Earl and also popped up in the web series Woke Up Dead.
Jon Heder Biography
Jonathan Joseph Heder was born on October 26th, 1977, in Fort Collins, Colorado. Along with parents James and Helen Heder, Jon Heder and his five siblings (including twin brother Dan) moved to Salem, Oregon, where they spent their childhood years. Jon Heder boyhood staples included the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures, which he collected and featured in his own short videos. He also acted for the first time at the Childrens Educational Theater as one of the Ooompa Loompas in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
After graduating from South Salem High School, Jon Heder enrolled at Brigham Young University to study film. Although he later traded film for computer animation, Jon Heder subsequently met aspiring director Jared Hess and producer Jeremy Coon, who encouraged him to play uber nerd Seth in their 2003 short film project Peluca. The film made a splash at the Slamdance Film Festival and brought some early attention to Jon Heder and his creative colleagues.
jon heder stars in napoleon dynamite and the benchwarmers After Jared Hess raised the necessary funds for a new film project, he asked Jon Heder to star in Napoleon Dynamite, a movie about a frustrated and supremely dorky high school student of the same name. Hess ignored Jon Heder limited acting experience and offered him $1,000 to take the role. The resulting 2004 film played at the Sundance Film Festival and earned national distribution as a result, leading to a feverish cult following.
Jon Heder moved to Los Angeles and initially found acting gigs playing quirky, offbeat characters. In 2005, he played a spiritual bookstore employee opposite Mark Ruffalo and Reese Witherspoon in Just Like Heaven. He followed that up a year later with a role opposite Rob Schneider and David Spade in the surprise hit The Benchwarmers, a film about three grown men who enroll in Little League. That same year, Jon Heder was also featured in the animated film, Monster House.
jon heder stars in blades of glory and when in rome After the disappointing box office returns on School for Scoundrels, a comedy that matched Jon Heder against Billy Bob Thornton, critics were questioning whether the Napoleon Dynamite star had the necessary range or staying power to survive the fickle world of acting. Jon Heder proved the critics wrong in 2007 Blades of Glory as a disgraced figure skater ice dancing alongside Will Ferrell. The film was a big hit and proved that Jon Heder could hold his own against one of Hollywood hottest comedians.
The success of Blades of Glory gave Jon Heder the luxury of continued work and the added bonus of broadening his creative horizons. Besides lending his voice to the comedy Surf Up and acting with Diane Keaton and Anna Faris in 2007 Mama Boy, Jon Heder formed a production company with two of his brothers called Greasy Entertainment. His first project for Greasy was the 2008 web series, Woke Up Dead. In 2009, Jon Heder will be back on the big screen as a street magician desperately romancing Kristen Bell in the comedy When In Rome.