Bill Gates Stars In Napoleon Dynamite Parody

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Jason Fry at The Wall Street Journal reports on the D: All Things Digital conference, including this bit about Bill Gates.

The Microsoft Corp. chairman’s appearances in parody videos have long been a staple of Comdex and other digerati gatherings, showing a more-playful, self-deprecating side of the Redmond, Wash., tech titan and its leader. Mr. Gates’s latest video incarnation, shown at the D: conference Monday, cast him in a send-up of “Napoleon Dynamite,” with Mr. Gates tagging along with the movie’s vertically haired title character (played by Jon Heder) and playing straight man to his rambling questions about Microsoft technology (no teleporting either of mice or men), listening patiently to Napoleon’s Dungeons & Dragons-style ideas for Microsoft Bob, and weathering Napoleon’s scorn that the powers that come along with Mr. Gates’s knighthood are decidedly limited. (No, Mr. Gates does not lead centaur armies, though Napoleon does warn a co-worker that “he’s a flipping knight — he can like joust and everything.”)

Of course I’m working on getting a copy of the video, but it’s a Microsoft produced the film and hasn’t been made available to the public. If you work for Microsoft, or have friends who do, see what you can do to build a groundswell for them to release the video. Reports are it’s quite funny…

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  1. Sharp as a Marble May 26, 2005
  2. Ed May 27, 2005