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‘Don Verdean’ Director Jared Hess on Developing an Insanely Enjoyable Cast of Characters

Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess’ films are best known for their quirky characters who innately generate humor. His latest, Don Verdean, tells the story of the eponymous biblical archeologist (played by Sam Rockwell) and the kooky cast of characters that surround him.

“I spend just as much time developing the side characters. Every character is just super important for however little time that they are on screen,” Hess tells Fast Company‘s Co.Create. “Extras to me are really important too. I like to hand-pick authentic faces that you wouldn’t normally see in films, with people that seem real and unique and like they have a story. I like to think that watching one of our films that you would want to know more about everyone you see.”