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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 19: Martin Kove speaks onstage at the #IMDboat at San Diego Comic-Con 2019: Day Two at the IMDb Yacht on July 19, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for IMDb)

I remember one of the “bully villains” I saw in a film when I was a kid…Sensei John Kreese.

Martin Kove, who plays John Kreese, starred in three Karate Kid movies, tormenting karate students, including Daniel (Ralph Macchio). He’s also in Cobra Kai, the Netflix series.

Now Cove is in Pinellas County. He’s filming A Taste of Love. It’s a film and a tourism commercial . It was funded with a county incentive of $500,000. It’s a rom-com about a TV chef who’s reunited with an old sweetheart.

The film is currently being shot and will be in production here until the end of July.

If you’re interested in being an extra, to be an extra, send a current photo and your phone number to Casting Director Karlie Loland at Please include “A TASTE OF LOVE” in the subject line.

The movie is expected to be released in early 2022.

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