By RODNEY D. BOAM
Ten years after Preston and Idaho in general was put on the map by Jared Hess’s movie, Napoleon Dynamite, Fox Studios erected a bonze statue of their quirky star on one of their movie lots. The statue is near a tetherball pole and is close enough the ball can be placed in its hands.
On June 9, the cast got together for a reunion to reminisce and have their photo taken with the moonboot wearing Napoleon statue clad in his Vote for Pedro t-shirt and curly hair.
Hess gathered with Jon Heder, Napoleon; Haylie Duff, Summer Wheatley; Efren Ramirez, Pedro; Sandy Martin, grandma; Tina Majorino, Deb; Shonderella Avery, Lafawnduh; for the reunion and photo op.
The movie still has film critics wondering how the movie did so well at box offices across the country.
“Napoleon Dynamite is one of the biggest and most unlikely hits in independent film history,” said Gwynne Watkins, a Yahoo movie writer. “Shot by a then-unknown director on a budget of $400,000, the movie went on to gross over $44 million and inspired an animated TV series.”
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