40 Humbling Jon Heder Quotes

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Which are your favorite Jon Heder quotes?

Jon Heder is an American actor and producer. He is best known for portraying the lead character in the popular comedy movie ‘Napoleon Dynamite’.

His portrayal in the widely celebrated film won him the prestigious ‘MTV Movie Awards” in two categories. Heder has also appeared in other successful films, including ‘Just Like Heaven’, ‘The Benchwarmers’, and ‘When in Rome’.

Heder began his career in the film industry while he was a student at Brigham Young University. Along with his peers from the Drama Association group, Heder produced a short animated film titled ‘Pet Shop’ which successfully won an Emmy Award for one of his colleagues.

Heder then got a role in the short movie ‘Peluca’ from the renowned filmmaker ‘Jared Hess’ which the movie later became his breakthrough.

Here’s a collection of the best Jon Heder quotes:


40 Humbling Jon Heder Quotes

1. “I never read a self-help book except for the Bible.” – Jon Heder

2. “Jared had met this old Italian guy in Chicago who said his name was Napoleon Dynamite. Jared thought that was a really cool name, he wrote it down and said that’s what he would call his first film. It sounds cool and what better name for this kid who’s nothing in Idaho? It’s an explosive name!” – Jon Heder

3. “When I was young, I told my sister that she had chunky thighs. She slapped me and I cried. She feels bad about it to this day, but I feel worse.” – Jon Heder

4. “Jared and I were really pining for Jamiroquai. We were both like, That is sweet dance music.” – Jon Heder

5. “Obviously, in acting, you play characters that aren’t you. That’s the whole point of acting. But there are some things that you just aren’t comfortable with.” – Jon Heder

6. “Just as long as something is gained, a lesson is learned. I do like those. The more quiet victories are always great.” – Jon Heder

7. “Normally I avoid movies where the aliens look like humans. It’s cheesy.” – Jon Heder

8. “I just did an ad with Microsoft. I’m dressed as Napoleon, and I get to slap Bill Gates.” – Jon Heder

9. “But Napoleon was the most fun. It was just such a cool experience. To start your career that way and make it with a bunch of college buddies. And experiencing that ride of seeing it go from nothing… I mean that’s a true success story, and it’s really cool to be a part of that.” – Jon Heder


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10. “It was really cool, getting actors like John Gries who knew that they weren’t going to get paid a lot but they loved the script so much that they did it anyway.” – Jon Heder


11. “I’m not that into reading. If I’m gonna read, I’m gonna read some cool sci-fi book or something, not some stupid self-help book.” – Jon Heder

12. “That’s what protagonists do. They work hard, they have a conflict, they overcome the obstacles.” – Jon Heder

13. “Sexual content. I wouldn’t be comfortable doing that because I don’t think people would be comfortable seeing me involved in sexual content.” – Jon Heder

14. “Build a rocket ship and leave the earth!” – Jon Heder

15. “I loved my childhood. They had the coolest toys back then. Star Wars, Transformers, laser-tag gun sets. Toy companies have really gone downhill.” – Jon Heder

16. “I know at some point I would like to take on more dramatic roles.” – Jon Heder

17. “As long as you’re happy with the decisions you make, that’s what’s most important.” – Jon Heder

18. “I relate to most of the characters I play because I do feel like an outsider.” – Jon Heder

19. “I’m really proud of Napoleon. I mean, Blades of Glory was great. I really enjoyed doing this film that came out at Sundance this year, called For Ellen, which is my first dramatic piece. I really liked doing drama.” – Jon Heder


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20. “When you’re shooting in independent film, you don’t know what you’re going to get the rights to.” – Jon Heder


21. “I met Jared Hess, the writer/director of Napoleon Dynamite in college at BYU. We had taken a few classes and done a few projects together and he said, “Hey wanna do this film?” I had acted in a few short projects and he thought I could play a dorky guy.” – Jon Heder

22. “I want to get up there and tell entertaining stories but that are also to a certain extent clean.” – Jon Heder

23. “Whatever, in comedy, any subject you kind of cover, whether it be ice skating or just the kind of character you play, it’s really just kind of the thing, finding the things in that subject that you like the most and just taking a light look at it instead of being so, you know dark and dramatic. It’s just – it’s having a good time I guess.” – Jon Heder

24. “Any other film would have gotten a choreographer to work with me. But they were like, “No, Jon, just figure it out.” So I just winged it. I danced three times and they took the best pieces from each of those.” – Jon Heder

25. “I love movin’. I was observant growing up, watching Michael Jackson and John Travolta. I’d close my eyes, see the moves.” – Jon Heder

26. “Having a bit of the taste of small-town life really helped with getting the vibe of the character and the world that Jared created.” – Jon Heder

27. “One of the cool things about the world and the movie, Napoleon Dynamite, is there’s the timelessness to it. Because there aren’t a lot of pop-cultural references.” – Jon Heder

28. “I’ve always liked Kate Winslet. She’s pretty, smart, and talented.” – Jon Heder

29. “I normally come to Oregon at least once a year. My parents still live in Salem. And then we usually try to make it up to Portland for whatever.” – Jon Heder


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30. “We thought Jamiroquai might be expensive. So we danced to three different songs. To that song and another Jamiroquai song, “Little L.” We danced to Michael Jackson, something off of Off the Wall. Just those three. And then we got the rights to Jamiroquai. And I think that was half our budget.” – Jon Heder


31. “What we did in our childhoods makes us who we are now.” – Jon Heder

32. “I’m not going chic, I swear. The geek endures. But, I mean, a snazzy cool suit looks good.” – Jon Heder

33. “Aaron and I were the only non-­actor types cast in the film. Aaron was Jared’s best friend at BYU and he’s a director/writer in his own right. He does very serious dramatic/psychological type films and quite different than the character of Kip. Jared really wanted him for the role and he said he’d help out.” – Jon Heder

34. “All the money came from private investors. Jeremy Coon, who was the film’s producer, also edited the film. He was working on a rough cut and he thought he’d try to get it into Sundance and amazingly it got in. And then we got picked up by a distributor.” – Jon Heder

35. “Marriage is all about knowing the ins and outs and the intimate details, and your wife is supposed to be the person you know best. But my brother and I think alike, know everything about one another, and when we get together, we block everything else out. Nothing exists in our world except for us.” – Jon Heder

36. “It was a 22-day shoot and we didn’t have a lot of pre­-rehearsals. A lot of the actors were cast at the last second. Our days would start at 6:30 in the morning and go to 7:00 at night.” – Jon Heder

37. “I don’t think I ever will do a sex scene because of my religion and my personal standards.” – Jon Heder

38. “I love OMSI. I used to go there when I was a kid. So now that I have kids of my own I try to take them those places, like the Oregon Zoo. I love the Enchanted Forest, too. It’s cool to take my kids to places that I loved when I was a kid.” – Jon Heder

39. “We actually made a short film called Peluca, which is what Napoleon Dynamite is based on. It went over so well Jared decided to make a feature-length film.” – Jon Heder

40. “I just love bringing characters to life, whether it be through the words or through their movement and being. You can get so much about a character through the way they position themselves or the way they move or act – not act, but through the way they hold themselves.” – Jon Heder



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Zisilia Alvsa
Zisilia Alvsa
Zisilia Alvsa is a writer for Wealthy Gorilla. Friends often call her Zii. She is a girl from Jakarta, Indonesia who currently lives in Bali. Zii loves photography and travelling.


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