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Matty Cardarople on playing the henchperson of indeterminate gender in ‘Lemony Snicket’

Matty Cardarople on playing the henchperson of indeterminate gender in ‘Lemony Snicket’

If the art of acting had 10 commandments, perhaps the first would be “Know thyself.” Matty Cardarople has this down pat. In fact, he can identify the type of role he’s best suited for without hesitation: “I’m, like, born to play the clerk role, you know?”

“That’s me — the awkward clerk at a store,” Cardarople continues over the phone from Los Angeles, where he lives. “I love playing roles like that.” And so he seeks them out — the bartender in “20th Century Women,” for example, or the gyrosphere operator in “Jurassic World,” which he says was one of Steven Spielberg’s favorite characters in that film. His latest role is in Netflix’s “Lemony...

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