Louisville martial artist kicks butt in new Hollywood movie
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — You might know him from back in 1996, when he was “Mr. June” in the annual Kentuckiana Men calendar produced by Louisville TV station WHAS11′s “Louisville Tonight Live.”
Today, Louisville native Sean Ramey is playing a much bigger role, this time in the new movie “Permanent.” The feature-length film stars Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette and Rainn Wilson from “The Office.”
The film was set to open on Friday, at the Village 8 Cinema, 4014 Dutchmans Lane.
“I have been in a few Lifetime movies that showed only on television so I’m pretty excited that ‘Permanent’ is going straight to the big screen,” Ramey said.
“Permanent,” by director Colette Burson (co-creator and producer of HBO’s “Hung”) is a comedy set in 1982 in small-town Virginia. The movie centers around 13-year-old Aurelie Dickson (newcomer Kira McLean) and her parents Jeanne (Arquette) and Jim (Wilson).
After an unfortunate and ill-timed visit to the hairdresser, Aurelie, Jeanie and Jim struggle through hilariously awkward life changes, all the while trying desperately to emerge intact on the other side.
In the movie, Ramey plays a Tae Kwon Do instructor named Pete. Pete is Aurelie’s instructor. Ramey says Aurelie’s Tae Kwon Do skills result in a big pay off at the end of the film.
Playing a martial arts instructor isn’t a stretch for Ramey. He’s owned Kentucky Tae Kwon Do in Crestwood for 20 years. He also happens to hold a seventh-degree black belt, is an inductee to the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame, a 13-time state champion and has won more medals in collegiate, state, national and international championships than any other instructor in the state of Kentucky.
As for acting, Ramey has dabbled in performing since he was a kid.
“My aunt is the country music singer Patty Loveless and her manager is my uncle,” Ramey said. “From the time I was a little kid he’d say to me — ‘You can’t sing, you can’t dance but you sure are a character’ — and he’d take me to movie auditions.”
Ramey attended duPont Manual High School’s Youth Performing Arts School his freshman, sophomore and junior year. During senior year, his family moved to Oldham County.
Besides his role in “Permanent,” Ramey has his fingers crossed that he’ll be asked back to the set of NBC’s “Chicago Fire.”
“I played Officer Luke Rosin last season, a major accidents investigator,” Ramey said. “There have been rumblings about bringing him back next season.”
Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com