Special to the Times
Locals appear and work on new Disney Movie, Secretariat
Robert Stokley and son Keegan recently appeared and worked on the new Disney motion picture file, Secretariat, at Keeneland Raceway, one of several locations where the film is being shot. Keegan’s dad, Robert was cast as a press reporter extra, along with other extra reporters; appear in a scene with John Malcovich playing Secretariat’s trainer and Diane Lane as Secretariat’s owner.
The characters were being asked questions concerning Secretariat and the horse Sham, which had been running a close second to Secretariat in the past two races. Robert stated, “Malcovich is one of my favorite actors, and no I did not get his autograph for it is kind of unprofessional on set, but I wanted to!”
Keegan Stokley, however, worked on the film/movie as a Grip which has to do with the lighting of the sets. Keegan worked on the Keeneland and Churchhill Downs location shoots here in Kentucky and is currently in Louisiana continuing with the rest of the film’s shooting locations. Robert and Keegan both hold a degree in film production and attended the same college together in Orlando, Florida.
Both Robert and son Keegan work on independent films from time to time, Robert as a second assistant director and son, as mentioned earlier, a Key Grip, with grip and lighting. This was the first major motion picture film where both, father and son have worked together on.
Robert and Keegan both say it’s great working on films, and they had rather work on motion pictures then eat. Keegan wants to have his own production company some day and Robert wants to finish a script/screenplay he’s writing on and hopefully get produced someday.
Keegan is the grandson of David and Lorna Baker of Stanton, and the late Earl and Florene Stokley of Clay City.