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March 25, 2014 | posted in Filmmakers
Rocky River native Sean Lackey is a certified public accountant that always wanted to make people laugh. So he got involved with Second City in Cleveland in the late 1990s.
He took classes there with people who had no theater or acting experience—just like him—and his class consisted of salesmen, teachers and Sam Kinison impersonators.
“As I took classes, I became better,” he says. “And when I stunk, I tried to make myself better.”
He admits that the people that make it to the stage are the people that work the hardest and don’t give up.
“I have never given up, never will,” he says.
In addition to being a CPA and a comedian, Lackey is also an actor, writer, producer and director. He began writing “The Yank” in 2004.
“I’m proud I can multitask, but it isn’t easy,” he admits.
The film takes place in Cleveland and Ireland. Lackey, as lead character Tom Murphy, heads from Cleveland to the Emerald Isle for a friend’s wedding. While he’s there, his Irish-American parents encourage him to find a bride of his own, a nice Irish girl.
“The people of Ireland wrapped their arms around us and gave us a big hug,” he says. The cast and crew worked hard while there, but also played hard. “When we finished each day, we celebrated to all hours.”
His screening at the Cleveland International Film Festival will also be a cause for celebration.
There will be family, friends, cast and crew in the audience to cheer for Lackey. They will also be looking for themselves; many of them are also in the film.
“It’s a dream for them as well as myself to see ‘The Yank’ on the big screen,” he says.
He’ll be in the audience with everyone else watching their reactions.
Even if you are not related to Lackey, or Irish, you may enjoy the film. It is a light-hearted film that doesn’t use “below the belt” humor, Lackey explains.
The movie was funded entirely by local investors, with the help of the Ohio Film Office.
“The people who invested in ‘The Yank’ invested in me,” he says. “They could see my passion in the project and knew that I wouldn’t stop until the movie succeeds.”
—Anne M. DiTeodoro
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