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'Napoleon Dynamite' star visits Utah Legislature

'Napoleon Dynamite' star visits Utah Legislature

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SALT LAKE CITY — The star of 2004 hit movie "Napoleon Dynamite" is telling lawmakers that Utah's film tax incentives are vital to luring productions to the state.

Actor and producer Jon Heder spoke briefly Thursday to the state Legislature about how the tax credits could help him bring movies to Utah. He wore a "Vote for Pedro" T-shirt in a nod to a memorable shirt worn by Heder in the film.

The BYU graduate's career was launched with a starring role in the low-budget comedy that follows a charming geek in high school. It was filmed in Idaho.

Utah has been offering films tax incentives for years. Last year, it awarded tax credits to at least three film projects, including the drama "Wind River," which received a post-performance tax credit of up to $1.7 million.

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