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January 7, 2011

Harland Stonecipher to make cameo in Stovall film

Ada — By Justin Lofton

Staff Writer

ADA—Harland Stonecipher, founder of Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc., filmed a cameo appearance Thursday in a film by best-selling author Jim Stovall.

“This movie is based on a novel I did called The Lamp,” Stovall said.  “It’s about a couple that’s an average couple that have had some troubles and tragedies in their lives.  Nothing’s going well for them.  They’re about to lose their home, their jobs, their marriage and everything else.”

While helping out a little league team with a garage sale, the wife brings home an ugly lamp.

“Through a long set of circumstances, a genie pops out played by Academy Award Winner Lou Gossett, Jr.,” he said.

The husband, a writer played by Jason London of “Dazed and Confused” fame, seeks advice from people on how to obtain the things he wants to wish for.

One of the three people the husband interviews is Ada’s own Harland Stonecipher.

“I wanted Harland in this movie, basically, because I’ve stood on too many stages and arenas with thousands of people who Harland gives that choice,” Stovall said.  “They can control their lives with money, how much time they spend with their families and having a career they like.”

Along the way, the husband also interviews Steve Forbes and Paula Marshall of Bama Companies.

“It’s all about the things that we believe in,” Stonecipher said.  “You can change your life simply by changing your mind.  It’s all about attitude and that’s what the movie is about.”

Stovall previously wrote the book The Ultimate Gift, which was made into a movie with native Oklahoman James Garner.

Stonecipher said Stovall’s personal story is also about overcoming adversity with a positive attitude.

Stovall was an 18-year-old athlete when he began to lose his sight.

“I thought I was going to be in the NFL.  I was at the University of Oklahoma to start my career there and then move on to the NFL,” Stovall said.  “It was all lined out and this happened.”

While he was going blind, he became a national champion Olympic weightlifter.  After that, Stovall became a writer, motivational speaker and the president of Narrative Television Network—a network dedicated to making movies and television accessible to blind and visually impaired people.

“I’m always amazed at Jim’s ability to laugh about the loss of his sight,” Stonecipher said.

“‘The Lamp’ is my fourth movie to play the limo driver,” Stovall said.  “Somebody just thought it would be good for this blind guy to play a limo driver.”

He said the film would first have charitable screenings before it has a limited theatrical release and goes to DVD.  Stonecipher said Pre-Paid Legal would hold a premier of the movie.

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