Owen Wilson Channels Bob Ross in “Paint” Trailer
While Owen Wilson might be playing a man named Carl Nargle in the first trailer for Paint, legions of folks of a certain age will recognize the inspiration for the character, the legendary, beloved painter Bob Ross. Ross was the lovable, be-permed host of PBS’s “The Joy of Painting” for eleven years, from 1983 to 1994, until he passed away, far too young, at 52 years old in 1995. For those of us who grew up in the 80s, Ross was a curious, impossibly likable character who made painting seem, if not easy, then at least fun and relaxing.
In Paint, Wilson’s Nargle is an equally beloved TV painter, headlining a public access show in Vermont, and the state is in his thrall and the world is his canvass. With Wilson’s offbeat charm and the guiding light that was Bob Ross’s soothing TV persona, Paint looks like a loving tribute to a man who made the world seem like a more beautiful place.
However, Paint isn’t merely an homage to a beloved icon of yesteryear. It’s a comedy, and soon enough, Nargle’s time in the spotlight is threatened when a younger artist burst onto the scene. Enter Ambrosia (Ciara Renée), a newcomer with a pleasing demeanor, painting skills, and someone who’s equally telegenic. Suddenly, Vermont is enthralled with Ambrosia’s show, and Carl’s hold on the state begins to slip.
Paint was written and directed by Brit McAdams. The cast also includes Michaela Watkins (Werewolves Within), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids), Lusia Strus (Search Party), Stephen Root (Barry), and newcomer Lucy Freyer.
Check out the trailer for Paint, which hits theaters on April 7.
Here’s the synopsis from IFC Films:
Owen Wilson stars as Carl Nargle, Vermont’s #1 public TV painter who is convinced he has it all: a signature perm, custom van, and fans hanging on his every stroke… until a younger, better artist steals everything (and everyone) Carl loves.
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Featured image: Owen Will is Carl Nargle in “Paint.” Courtesy IFC Films.