Hello, I'm Efren Ramirez Actor Best known for playing Pedro in Napoleon Dynamite AMA!
Looking forward to your questions. Also follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/EfrenRamirez
I'd vote for the PS4
ps4 all the way! Franklin Trevor and Micheal would say the same thing. hint hint!
Do the chickens have large talons?
Hey, Efren! Most people I know either love or hate Napoleon Dynamite. There seems to be no middleground. I love it. Did you have any idea that it was going to become as popular as it did? Also, what was it like working with Danny McBride on Eastbound and Down? Thanks!
No, I had no idea. I am grateful for what has happened. It was luck, when skill meets the right moment. EB&D was awesome. Danny and "the pirates" were so inspiring! They taught me "anything is possible!" Kenny F Powers such a great character! I'm proud of all the actors i've worked with so far in this journey.
Thanks for the response! You seem like a humble dude. I wish you continued success!
He's so humble, that if he ran for office, I would totally vote for him!
sweet and double sweet!
i'll be leaving shortly. you can all find me on twitter https://twitter.com/EfrenRamirez be good do good everyone and thank you. you have all been wonderful. I will come back again soon . Pz!
Can your cousins offer me protection?
of course brutha!
Are you totally different from Pedro to real life, or are you somewhat similar? If you ever run for any position, i'll vote for you!
Actors have to work from truth no matter what. There was something endearing about Pedro That I will always carry with me. He believed in friendship and becoming and doing something better. I too believe that! Any film I have have done, the most important thing is to be true to the characters wants and needs, and show that. Don't think I will be running anytime soon, but thanks for your vote and my advice, go out there in life be good and do good no matter what!
What is your favorite alcoholic beverage?
What's your favorite mythical creature?
it's called a Meouchface! combination of a mermaid and a cat.
P.s. I know jared, He's a kool cat!
Will they ever make more Napoleon cartoons?
IDK. They were really funny! Sometimes we just gotta say, "It's in the hands of the Gods".
How often do people recognize you as Pedro? Does it get annoying?
a lot. But's all good. It's a character that people enjoy. I' played many characters so far and thus has been a wonderful road. I just hope that every character I play is welcomed with open arms.
Efren, I love the Crank movies. Were you Surprised when they asked you to come back for the second movie and did you have more fun playing Venus or Kaylo?
I love the crank films too. Playing both Venus and Kaylo was an interesting experience. They were so different from me and from each other. There was more fun with Venus Because he was such an extrovert even with his condition.
Also any plans for a sequel to Napoleon?
There have always been thoughts looming about this. I think because the characters are rich and wonderful. What do you do when you strip activity and technology. these characters are stuck with each other. I would like to see what would happen to these characters. They were such interesting people. Imagine them all living in New York? Funny huh!
Have you proposed that idea to the producers because I would watch the fudge out of that film. Even better if they all came to Britain. Something like Green Streets but funny.
I could see Napoleon and Pedro walking through Camden Town! On their way to Ministry of Sound, prior to their pint at a pub as they look for wolverines!
What are some of your favorite TV shows? Is there a show right now that you would kill to have a cameo in?
walking dead and breaking bad. walking dead and breaking bad.
Why should we vote for you ?
because "If you vote for me,... All of your wildest dreams will come true!" :-)
Do you have a sweet bike? Are you really good at hooking up with chicks?
Funny! yeah I do! It's a Trek! My friends and I go mountain biking! It's flippin awesome! hmmmmm?
Would you vote for yourself?
Promising your wildest dreams to come true is a big task! Well I figured if you wanna get the job done, you do it yourself. If your honest and have good character and tell the truth, well, you should get a vote. yeah I would. I would vote for me, and I wold vote for Pedro! Mean people suck!
Do you think Casa de mi Padre will ever pull a Napoleon Dynamite and become a cult classic? That movie is fucking great.
Thank you! Will Ferrel was awesome! I loooove all those guys from "Gary Sanchez Productions.". They were all great peeps!
No questions. I just wanted to tell you that you're adorable.
A) I really love your first name. Do you know the meaning, or if there was a cool story behind it?
B) I saw Nepolean Dynamite with my Dad, and I remember that he thought that the portrayal Mexicans was racist. Thoughts? Have you ever turned down a role because you didn't like how it presented Latinos?
A) It was derived from Efrain, which was derived from the bible old testament Ephriam meaning fruitful land. b)no! Idon't think it was racist at all. I have cousins exactly like that. Every character exists! It is my job to find his core and bring out the truth from that. We all want to succeed in life, we all want to see how the characters grow and turn out. I was pleased to see what happens to Pedro. He Gets a best friend and becomes President. He learns that in this country, anything is possible. And that, to me, was truly amazing. As an actor being latino Pues its my job as an artist to find the goodness in all characters and work with writers to show that. I'm proud of who I am, I'm proud of what I do. Your Dad should watch Employee of the Month film. He'll like that character too.
Is it weird that I can picture every response you do in pedros voice?
i love it. thats exactly how i am responding ... or something.
Did MTV really screw the cast out of profits from the Napoleon Dynamite movie, or is that just a nasty rumor?
No, they did not. I honestly believe No one knew where this film was going. What we all did know was that it had its irony of what was to be unexpected and a lot of heart. It truly was a creative collaboration. I believe if they did it once, they can do it again and work rightfully so with studios.
Favorite scene from Napoleon?
When he gets hit with a steak as Napoleon and Pedro ride back to home! OMG so fuunnnnnnnnnnnnnnnny!
Hi Mr. Ramirez. What do you consider to be your greatest personal achievement?
Also, what is your favorite type of soup?
knowing that it's ok with what I do. Artist can only hope the characters they portray are best told and shared with an audience. I do my best to be honest with the work I do. And enjoy the creative collaboration with directors and writers and studios. I just keep doing it. I love looooove what I do. My reward; audience being able to enjoy the stories and characters. Arroz con pollo! Homemade chicken soup with rice and potatos! yummmm!
do girls have you go into character when you're going into them ?
that's so funny! Honestly no! Actors are real people. We are all the same. Sometimes I put on a cape and fly around the world for fun on a hot summer evening.
Hello! Ever been to Ireland? What did you think of it?
What up lad! I was headed to Dublin to do a whole tour all over Ireland after doing one in Australia but then got booked for some film projects back home in the U.S. So it never happened. Bummer! Same thing happened for Ibiza. But hey brutha, it's all good!
Where was Napolean Dynamite filmed, and was it boring on set?
preston Idaho! It was never boring on the set. Heck we were making a movie. That in itself is exciting. Such a wonderful creative position to have been in.
No question, just wanted to say that you look like a cross between Vince Gilligan and Johnny Depp in your Twitter background picture.
I admire both their work. Yes I'm a big fan of breaking bad! And J Depp has always played interesting characters. I hope to continue on the same journey. thank you!
Do you like BMX?
yes I do brutha!
If you do an AMA, all of your wildest dreams will come true.
not a bad idea! :-)
Can you give us any scoop on Crank 3?
I wish I could brutha! But Chelios would come to my house and put me in a blender. No Bueno!
What was your introduction to acting? How has your career changed in the last 10 years?
As kids, my mother had put my brothers and me into theater so as to stay out of trouble. I just knew I loved being on stage. After Napoleon Everything changed. These next 10 years there has been a seriousness into evolving into something better. Something I had to sit with alone and discover which in itself takes time to understand. I am critical with the creative process and stand dutifully with the studios I work with and the team I collaborate with in establishing new idea telling great stories.
Was much of the dialogue improvised or was it all scripted?
What's been your favorite project you've worked on since Napoleon Dynamite?
It was all scripted. Every project has been very interesting so far. I've played a number of characters and it just keeps getting better.
Going to be honest your career will always be Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite and how will you try and differentiate you from that character?
Hey pepsiman! Pedro launch me into the world and I will always love that character. Films have different mediums and I truly enjoy playing different characters from Jorge in EOTM to Venus and Kaylo in Crank. I don't think pedro will be my career but I will be recognized by that. He was such a wonderful character to play. Acting should never be about the self, but about the characters and the world that they are involved in. I am grateful every day.
Hi! What were your thoughts on the movie before release? Did you think it would be as successful as it became?
I remember thinking, " Well, I hope people will like the work I do." I can only hope that my experience through the characters I play are heartfelt and good and honest and memorable. They all have a voice to be heard. I never thought of its results. One can only hope for the best. And wish it to be enjoyable and entertaining for the audience.
1) How long have you been on reddit?
2) What are a few of your favorite /r/'s?
3) What is the worst thing about finding fame?
4) What is the wildest thing you have ever seen a fan do?
5) Who is the funnest person that you have ever worked with?
Thank you and good luck.
about almost a year. I love how quick technology is able to connect us in such a way. I just hope it doesn't replace the human connection we are capable of having with each other. there are so much topics on reddit. the worst thing about finding fame is finding fame... the most important thing is to stay grounded. be true with yourself and everyone around you. don't be mean. be good do good. I've seen some crazzzzzzzzyyyyyy stuff. and you just gotta be kool. you know. I would have to say Danny Mcbride. he is awesome!
Hey! You were my favorite part of Crank. If you weren't acting what would you want to do?
circus clown. I would be a clowns clown. as they say an actors actor.
Whats your favourite icecream flavour?
chocolate chip ice cream!
What have you been doing lately?
preparing for a new role.
What has been your favorite moment on any set? Or any secrets you are willing to share with us. Oh and hello! :D
ello brittzilla! i gotta say the worlds end was very funny. It reminded me when i was in london. There have been many sets I've worked on. One of the directors saved my life while filming Eastbound and Down. We were on the beach and headed into the ocean and I got knocked down by a wave and into this big hole in the ground. the couldn't find me til someone pulled my hand and into safety.
Is there anything that you would change about your character in Napoleon Dynamite or anything that you wanted to change about him then, now that it has become so popular?
i would not change anything about pedro! That was his journey. His new adventure was becoming President and being a good best friend! And then a hot girl for prom when becoming a senior in high school. I think it became popular cuz it had a lot of truth from the heart.
OMG, I was watching napoleon dynamite on comedy central the other day, great soundtrack.
What's the most annoying quote from Napoleon Dynamite that fans say when seeing you?
funny. it's all good! Gosh!
How many times a day do you hear vote for Pedro?
everytime i walk onto my balcony, and stand before hundreds of people like oedipus rex. funny! I'm always working or with my brothers the steelman boyz
yup! but it's all bueno. do good be good!
Would you ever do a Napoleon dynamite 2?
if the public demands it
I don't really have a question but ND was my favorite movie growing up and I love you!
love you back, thank you
Did you ever have trouble with laughing during filming because everything was so funny?
sometimes I do.
How has your day been?
It's been wonderful. knowing the fact that we can be online on the internet and talking and connecting with people from around the world is truly an incredible thing.
Were you ever approached to dub yourself in the Spanish version of Napoleon Dynamite (either the movie or the animation)?
that would have been kool
How did being on American dad come about? What did you think of doing voice work?
I love voice work. And I enjoy all the new thing that have come up. After Napoleon there were many opportunities that have risen. One of them being working with Seth McF.. That guy is so creative. I'm known to play different characters. voice acting is no different. it's all in the details
What's up with your brother these days?
Life is about doing good and wishing others the same. people will do what they want. Our job is to set an example to others by what we say and what we do.
Who would you say acts closest to their character in the movie?
who would you say?
Do you work out? If so what's your exercise routine?
depends on the character i am about to play.
My friend needs a senior quote for the school yearbook, what do you think it should be?
Learn life's lessons and enjoy em. because it goes by so quickly. be good do good! Efren Ramirez If you vote for me, all of your wildest dreams will come true. Pedro Sanchez
what you favorite sport?
GTA5 ! honestly hmmmm Football and Martial arts.
What kind of tips would you give someone running for student body president?
Also, you were on the one episode of George Lopez. What was doing that like? :)
be true have character be honest connect with people and listen to them and guide them to build greatness and goodness to your environment. yes. I love george lopez. what a great guy.
What did you have for breakfast?
In what ways has the "Vote for Pedro" concept affected your life?
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change!
Hey Efren! When it came to playing Pedro, did you put any of your own material into the part, or was it entirely scripted?
It's truly a collaboration between writer and actor to find the characters core and honesty. I miss that character, but I also miss all the characters i've played o far.
are you sick of people voting for you?
know people love that character. I love that character. Pedro was such a wonderful character to play cuz he wanted to do something with his life and he wanted friends. I hope that all the characters I play are embraced with such delight by you and all the people.
IMDB says your first gig was in 1994, had you been interested in acting up until then or did this line of work just fall in your lap?
i've always enjoyed acting but to play on a serious matter took time patience and schooling. No, it didn't fall in my lap. Ha I wish! but that in itself is dangerous because then one wouldn't truly understand the value of such thing. work hard, work smart do good be good. Don't be mean. I think with just that, that alone defines the kind of person one can be.
Hey how was working on the Crank set?
crazy! and always awesome. Jason = bad azz!!!!
What was it like on the set of Employee of the Month? Any fun stories? Thanks!
i love dane, dax, and jessica! Yes! everytime i got hit on the head or hurt i would come too and ask " Did you get the shot, And is it funny?" loved that film loved that character.
No question here, just wanted to say you are the reason I say jes(yes) to everyone since I first watched napoleon dynamite.
love ya thats awesome jes!
How was pedro explained to you by the director?
having to put the 2 characters in the short film and make them into one. and then go with that.
You wanted people to vote for you in ND, did you take part in any presidential election back in your high school?
fuuny. no i was doing lots of plays then my favorite was your a goodman charlie brown.
Was she hot?
yes she was!!!
What's in the future for you? Any indie projects? Anything we can see you in?
yes. but am not allowed to say by studios. nonetheless i won't disappoint.
Hey Efren, love your work on all your movies. How would you rate working with Jason Statham in Crank as opposed to Jon Heder in Napolean Dynamite, in terms of joking around on set and having fun off camera?
they both have such dynamic personalities that you cant just help but get drawn into what they were into. their desire and willingness to play allowed themselves to open up and share their generosity
How do we know this isn't your brother
in the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king. follow me on twitter.
Hello! Was wondering about Your character in Napoleon Dynamite that what traits of Pedro would You consider rather positive from your own perspective?
creativity and optimism was without limit. he believed things were possible even if it seemed like they were not.
Just one question, should I vote for Pedro?
its all up to you brutha!
When filming for Napoleon Dynamite did you expect for it to gain such a following?
no. i am so grateful. i truly is a wonderful film.
what your hobbies?
movies books museums and people. i dj all over the world.
In what ways are you similar to Pedro?
being honest with yourself.
I really enjoyed Napoleon Dynamite and Blow. are you going to be in any movies coming up? also, my head is so hot. I took a cold shower. But it didn't do nothing..
hahahahahahaha ily! yes. I will do about 2 or 3 projects a year. I'm known to hide behind my characters. I think story and character are most important in storytelling and the art of film making. " Do you think it's kind of warm in here?" haha!
I'd ask about Napoleon Dynamite, but I see other redditors are. So.... what's your favorite movie? And what is a movie that you quote all the time?
Donnie Darko! " when he tells Sharika, "Everything is going to be alright!" Life and art to me, is about doing good and being good. We all have that option.
How much ganja was burned on the set of ND?
What's your favorite cereal?
Lucky charms! I keep looking for the pot of gold!
would you rather get high at the Holocaust or drunk at a medical waste facility?
hmmmm? Is being chased by zombies on christmas day an option?
PS4 or XboxOne?
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