HOLLYWOOD – Jon Heder has a message for the loyal “Napoleon Dynamite” fans who’ve been rushing out to buy the DVD and who’re quoting every line from the quirky comedy.
“I think they need to calm down,” Heder deadpanned. “I mean, I think it’s great and all that they love it, but I don’t want people to get too sick of it. So to all the fans, just calm down on the quoting a little bit. And watch the movie in the comfort of your own home. Don’t shove it down people’s throats, ’cause people need to breathe.”
Fans, it seems, also might want to stop fantasizing about Napoleon returning.
“I wouldn’t count on it,” Heder said about the chances of a sequel. “There’s no cliffhanger. You know he’s gonna hook up with [Deb]. We tried to settle that so we don’t have to be suckered into doing a sequel.”
Besides, Heder’s already moved on and has several other movies in the works. Not that his characters will be all that different.
First is the romantic comedy “Just Like Heaven” with Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo, due in the fall. “I play a side character and I believe in ghosts in the movie,” Heder said. “I’m in touch with the occult, with the spiritual side of things.”
Heder also lent his voice to a robot character in “Monster House,” an adventure thriller due in the summer of 2006. Nick Cannon, Kevin James and Maggie Gyllenhaal co-star.
And finally, Heder just signed on to join David Spade and Rob Schneider in “Bench Warmers,” a comedy about adults who form a little-league baseball team. Dennis Dugan (“Big Daddy,” “Happy Gilmore”) is directing from a script by Adam Sandler associates Allen Covert and Nick Swardson.
“I play a nerd,” Heder said.
No frickin’ way.
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