Louisville man's story being made into movie


Associated Press

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 9:01 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Louisville man who was born without eyes and the ability to straighten his arms and legs is the subject of an upcoming movie.

Despite his physical challenges, 25-year-old Patrick Henry Hughes is an author, a virtuoso pianist, vocalist and trumpet player, and participated in the University of Louisville marching band for five seasons.

He has also starred on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and chatted up talk show hosts Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres.

The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/18wMCue) reports Tupelo, Miss.-based American Family Studios is making the film, called "I Am Potential." It is scheduled for a limited release early next year.

Zach Meiners, the film's director, said the company was looking to do a film that would inspire people.

He said he met with the Hugheses last year and discovered the movie rights were available. A week later, Meiners was writing the script. The company began filming in May.

The movie is based on Hughes' motivational book of the same name that he co-wrote in 2009 with his father, Patrick John Hughes, and Courier-Journal columnist Bryant Stamford.

The actor portraying Hughes is Jimmy Bellinger of the Disney television series "Kickin' It".

Hughes says he's impressed with Bellinger's transformation for the role.

"I'm pleased to say he has some of my emotions, my mannerisms down ... that's pretty cool," said Hughes, who is also a motivational speaker. "He does a wonderful job."


Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com