Jon Heder was Paid Only $1,000 for Role in Napoleon Dynamite

The star of Napoleon Dynamite, Jon Heder, has revealed that he received an incredibly meager salary for his work on the movie. The quirky comedy from 2004 has gained cult status since its premiere. The independent movie, however, is definitely the underdog because it only had a $400 000 budget.

A Measly Start

The finished work, a charming story about awkward kids in Idaho, not only brought in a staggering $46.1 million at the box office, but it also began Heder’s acting career. Which makes it all the more stunning to realize that Heder only received $1,000 in his initial payment. It appears that making a movie on a limited budget entails making tradeoffs.

Making the Best of It

The Blades of Glory actor thankfully succeeded in making it work. The source of the initial report for the figure is unknown, but the 45-year-old has since confirmed it is accurate. Heder acknowledged receiving barely $1,000 “originally” when discussing his “dynamite” career with Stuff.

Heder was able to renegotiate his contract and received a share of the earnings since, as we are all aware, Napoleon Dynamite is deeply entrenched in pop culture and has undoubtedly made millions since it was released into the world. Napoleon Dynamite 2 might follow the hero into a “raw and edgy” future, Heder said during a virtual Wizard World panel he participated in with co-stars Ramirez and Diedrich Bader.



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