SI: You probably
hear Napoleon Dynamite quotes all the time. Ever hear one from an athlete?
Heder: We [Heder
and The Benchwarmers costars Rob Schneider and David Spade] were the grand
marshals for the NASCAR race at Atlanta this year, and we got to attend the
drivers' meeting before the race. After the guy at the front of the room
[ NASCAR official David Hoots] read off the rules, he asked, "Does anyone
have any questions?" Michael Waltrip raised his hand and said, "Yeah,
can you bring me my Chap Stick? My lips hurt real bad!" It was an awkward
moment because [Hoots] didn't get it.
SI: As a student
at BYU, how often did you attend football games?
Heder: I went to
one game, I think. Maybe this is the Q&A where you mix it up a bit by
getting a subject who doesn't really know sports. I don't have a favorite team,
and I think Super Bowl parties are strictly for the commercials, good food and
conversation. I'm kind of stupid when it comes to this stuff.
SI: Did you work
with any major leaguers to prepare for your baseball scenes in The
Heder: No. They
said they would give me a coach and I could do some training, but I was like,
Why? I'm supposed to be bad. Rob Schneider is the only one who got a
professional trainer. David Spade and I just sat back and relaxed.
SI: I hear former
NFL player Vai Sikahema is your uncle?
married to my aunt. Everyone has to have someone famous related to them, and he
is our famous relative.
currently filming Blades of Glory, in which you and costar Will Ferrell are a
pairs ice skating team. Do you think this will start a trend?
Heder: I'd love
to see it, but I just don't see a man-man pairing happening. You can skate
together with a man, but to do all the couples stuff and the lifting, there's
no way unless you have a really lightweight man. And then you would be holding
him in positions that are just not right.