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(KSL News) -- The man who created one of film's biggest underdogs received high praise Wednesday.
"Napoleon Dynamite" director Jared Hess received a Governor's Mansion Artist award for his contribution to Utah.
Hess' small independent film about a lovable geek ended up making millions and brought a nationwide Napoleon craze.
Hess is working on a new movie called "Nacho Libre" with comedian Jack Black. It's about a monk who starts wrestling to raise money for his monastery in Mexico. It's due out in theaters in June of next year.