Tuckerton NJ Ventriloquist Has Role in ‘Halloween Kills’ [VIDEO]
'Halloween Kills' is the number one movie at the box office right now, and a local entertainer has a small role in it!
In one of the film's early scenes appears 57-year-old Mike Dupree, a gifted ventriloquist and reportedly lifelong resident of Tuckerton, New Jersey and graduate of Pinelands Regional High School, according to iMDb.
Dupree's character performs an act called 'Shaving Cream' with his dummy during an open-mic night at a bar in the town of Haddonfield, where 'Halloween Kills' takes place.
Dupree's scene is short but includes Anthony Michael Hall (playing Tommy, the kid Jamie Lee Curtis babysits in the original 'Halloween' movie), and Kyle Richards from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Why is SHE in the movie? She played Lindsay in the OG 'Halloween'.
Mike Dupree may have stayed close to his Jersey Shore roots, reportedly working at Stewart's Root Beer, Harrah's Casino, and most recently, Atlantic City Electric, according to The Sandpaper, but he's appeared in numerous legendary television shows, like The Brady Bunch, Laugh-In, and The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Dupree also spent time in Atlantic City radio guesting on a local AM show and serving in the Coast Guard.
As for why Dupree pursued a career in ventriloquism? He reportedly lives with Asperger's Syndrome. “I used ventriloquism to work my way through it.”, Dupree tells thesandpaper.com.
A chance phone call in 2019 with someone in the ventriloquism industry lead to Dupree finding out about 'Halloween Kills' being filmed in North Carolina. He eventually landed the role and spent about four days on set with director David Gordon Green. He even got to meet the film's star, Jamie Lee Curtis. Dupree called the actress a “super-person”.
You can watch the audition video that landed Dupree the job below!
'Halloween Kills' is in theaters now. Be aware, though, it's an absolute blood bath, but very worth your time.