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Jun 19, 2015 4:29 PM

Exeter native has dream-come-true role in Jurassic World


LOS ANGELES - Exeter native Matty Cardarople says his brief part in Jurassic World was a dream come true after living and working in Los Angeles for the past 10 years.

"I've been auditioning in LA for about 10 years, and I've done several films and TV and commercials," he said via Skype.

Cardarople graduated from Exeter High School in 2001 and went to film school in Los Angeles.

His big break came with he met Luke and Owen Wilson and was cast in the 2008 film Drillbit Taylor. In 2014, he was cast in Dumb and Dumber To.

When he heard that Jurassic World was going to be made, he knew immediately that he wanted to be in it.

"I got in touch with the director...and I said hey, here's my acting reel, here's all the work I've done over the years, I'd love to audition for the film and sure enough I got an audition and I booked it," he said.

Cardarople plays the role of a ride operator in the Jurassic World park and spent a week in Hawaii filming for the role.

"It's when everything goes awry is when my scene comes up. I don't want to give any spoilers, but I'm in there. You won't miss me," he said.

During the filming, he worked with the two young actors playing the children in the movie.

"They were great. They were really fun," he said.

He did not meet the star, Chris Pratt, while filming in Hawaii, but they did meet at the movie's premiere.

"He really liked my performance so that felt really good, and I thought he was incredible in the movie," Cardarople said.

And while he's enjoyed watching Pratt's burgeoning career, he says his inspiration is actor and funnyman Jim Carrey.

Cardarople was inspired to pursue acting as a kid after seeing Carrey in Ace Ventura. He watched the film and said to himself: "I want to do what that guy does."

That's still his goal - and Cardrople is eager to share his quirky humor, proposing to record the interview on Skype while he munched on chips.

He's also planning to direct this fall, directing and acting in the role of a pet store worker, he said.

He brought his sense of humor to Jurassic World as well and ad-libbed a line that was not in the script. After saying "I just work here," Cardaropole added "and I had to buy my own shirt."

Though the director cut his ad lib, there are no hard feelings. "It was too funny for the moment," he said.

Asked what he'll remember most about his time filming Jurassic World, he said it was the idyllic landscape in Hawaii.

"I mean being in Hawaii was like paradise. It's like a paid vacation and being in one of the best movies of all time," he said. "To be in that caliber of a film, it was a dream come true."


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