‘Napoleon Dy­na­mite’ star to start pa­rade

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Jon Heder, the break­through star of the off­beat com­edy “Napoleon Dy­na­mite,” has been named the of­fi­cial starter for the First Ever 15th An­nual World’s Short­est St. Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade in 2018.

“Jon’s per­son­al­ity will fit right in with the at­mos­phere of fun that is the hall­mark of our great lit­tle pa­rade,” Steve Ar­ri­son, CEO of Visit Hot Springs, which spon­sors the an­nual pa­rade, said in a news re­lease.

Heder’s en­dear­ing por- trayal of Napoleon Dy­na­mite, a nerdy high schooler who helps his friend Pe­dro get elected class pres­i­dent, was a huge fi­nan­cial suc­cess in 2004 and brought him two MTV Movie Awards, one in the cat­e­gory of “Break­through Male” and

a sec­ond for “Best Mu­si­cal Per­for­mance” for his crowd-pleas­ing elec­tion night dance, the re­lease said.

Heder met “Napoleon Dy­na­mite” di­rec­tor Jared Hess while both were study­ing film at Brigham Young Univer­sity, and the di­rec­tor first cast him in a short film, “Peluca.”

In 2007, Heder starred op­po­site Will Fer­rell in the hit com­edy, “Blades of Glory,” which took in close to $120 mil­lion at the do­mes­tic box of­fice. In ad­di­tion to his live-ac­tion roles, Heder also re­turned to an­i­ma­tion that year, voic­ing the char­ac­ter of ‘Chicken Joe’ in Columbia Pic­tures’ “Surfs Up,” af­ter pre­vi­ously voic­ing a role in Columbia’s “Mon­ster House,” the re­lease said.

Heder also starred in the fea­ture films “The Bench­warm­ers,” “School for Scoundrels” and “Just Like Heaven” with Reese Wither­spoon and Mark Ruf­falo. Ad­di­tion­ally, he starred op­po­site Paul Dano in the Sun­dance hit, “For Ellen.”

In 2016, he landed a lead­ing role in the FOX com­edy pi­lot “No Place Like Home.”

Most re­cently, Heder can be heard as the voice of “Pickle” in the new Dis­ney XD hit show “Pickle and Peanut,” and can be seen in the in­die film “The Tiger Hunter.”

The 2018 pa­rade will be­gin at 7:30 p.m., an hour later than in pre­vi­ous years. It is start­ing later be­cause of the run­ning of The Rebel Stakes at Oak­lawn Park, Ar­ri­son said.

“The later start will al­low Oak­lawn fans plenty of time to en­joy the live rac­ing and get down­town for the start of the pa­rade,” he said.

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