Napoleon Dynamite Vs. Elvis Costello

Stereogum | July 10, 2004 - 1:50 pm

Did you guys realize that Napoleon Dynamite is an old pseudonym of Elvis Costello. He used it in the credits of Blood & Chocolate.

Is 24-year-old writer/director/Mormon Jared Hess a big Elvis fan? Actually no, learns Entertainment Weekly:

Jared Hess: Two days before the end of shooting, a high-school-age extra asks, “This is based on the Elvis Costello alias, right?” “I went, Whaaat?” Had I known that name was used by anybody else prior to shooting the whole film, it definitely would have been changed … I listen to hip-hop, dude. It’s a pretty embarrassing coincidence.

Hess tells the mag that the quirky handle belonged to an old Italian man he met doing missionary work in Chicago a few years ago.

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Also: Three nights with Elvis Costello, serial collaborationist.