Sunday, July 12, 2009
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: Jon Heder
Five years after he broke out onto the scene in Napoleon Dynamite, Jon Heder still hasn't managed to make a name for himself past the dorky, socially retarded character that he's accustomed to playing. In Hollywood, when you can't get a decent film job, you resort to a steady gig on TV. But with friends like Will Ferrell and b, resorting to television isn't that bad of a gig. The two are writing a Comedy Central sitcom with Heder about an unemployed IT specialist who moves back in with his family. If I'm not mistaken, the title is called "Woke Up Dead," which sounds pretty much how every unemployed person in America is feeling right now.
Heder, however, still has a few film projects lined up:
• There's one comedy adapted from a GQ article, where he'll play the lightest sumo wrestler in the sport.
• Then there's the adaptation of Three Men Seeking Monsters, which from the subtitle, "Six Weeks in Pursuit of Werewolves, Lake Monsters, Giant Cats, Ghostly Devil Dogs, and Ape-Men," sounds like it'll involve a lot of physical shennanigans. The characters of the book are described as being "a baldheaded punker...a goth herpetologist who dresses like a pirate and a 6-foot-6-inch, 400-pound behemoth who wears a Sherlock Holmes cap," so there's that. Plus, there's the added bonus of them being drunk during this entire trip and it taking place in the UK, which could possibly mean Russell Brand being cast.
• In the action hero comedy Loudermilk, Heder will gain odd superpowers after being contaminated. By the title, I can't imagine these powers will be kosher.
• And lastly, he'll be in the geekfest Mr. Machine, where he and his dorky friends will build a robot that wants to take over the world. Danny McBride (Tropic Thunder, Pineapple Express, and Land of the Lost), who co-wrote and starred in his own HBO series "Eastbound & Down," is co-writing so there's a plus.
Things are looking up for Heder.