Move over Brad Pitt. Those "Vote For Pedro" t-shirts popping up aren't in your honor, and now Mormon actor John Heder, star of last year's surprise hit, Napoleon Dynamite, has been given the ultimate cult star status: an early rumored demise.
But John Heder is no James Dean legend -- he's still around and working. While fans have been spinning the tale by spreading rumors on the Internet since January that he had a car crash, or an accident sharpening his nunchuck skills, or choked to death on a tator tot, the truth is he is currently working on two other films, Just Like Heaven and Moving McAllister.
And just to put in his two-cents worth, in a news article that appeared this week on March 21st, Heder was asked about the rumor of his death. His reply, "Yeah, and apparently, it's not true."
Napolean has a huge online fan club and is spawning more followers. Kids have adopted his quirky behavior, and best lines such as "Sweet" or "Pedro offers you his protection" or "Go find your own tots."
Since the movie's video release last December, it has been attracting viewers in cult-like proportions. Blockbuster Online has it ranked among the all-time top-renting movies. And those greasy Tater tots? As one of Napoleon's beloved food items, have been selling like, uh, hot cakes, as a retro special in high school cafeterias that serve them.