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Sioux Falls Actor Appears In 'Nebraska'

January 14, 2014, 10:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Sioux Falls Actor Appears In 'Nebraska'

There's a lot of Oscar buzz surrounding the movie "Nebraska." There's also a Sioux Falls connection to the film.

"Nebraska" is an American comedy-drama starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte. The two travel from Montana to Nebraska to collect $1 million they think they won in a sweepstakes letter.

"It's absolutely my dream come true," Kevin Kunkel said.

Kunkel of Sioux Falls landed a part in the movie after responding to a Facebook ad.

"I got to the very bottom of the article and it said if you're interested in being an extra to send an email to the lady and I thought to myself, 'I'm never going to have an opportunity like this again,'" Kunkel said.

After he auditioned, Kunkel's part became more than just an extra.  He plays cousin Randy, who has several lines in the movie.

"My mom asked me if there was any chance my stuff would end up on the cutting room floor and I said, 'There's no possibility of it because I play the jerk who tries to get the money,'" Kunkel said.

That is somewhat similar to his day job. Kunkel is a bails bondsman in Sioux Falls, so collecting money is nothing new to him.  

But whether or not he cashes in on this film, he certainly has gained some new found fame and can't wait to see what happens come Oscar night.

"It's probably one of the best movies I've ever seen, acting wise, story wise; it's a great story," Kunkel said.

A story that's already being mentioned by many as best film of the year.

The movie was shot in Norfolk and Kunkel attended the premier in the Nebraska town with his kids.  

Oscar nominations come out this Friday with the big event to be held March 2.

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