Owen Wilson Looks Unrecognizable in First Look at ‘Paint’

It’s not a happy accident: that’s Owen Wilson channeling a Bob Ross-like painter with barely a hair out of place!

In a photo at the first look of the upcoming film Paintthe marry me star, 53, plays a Vermont painter named Carl Nargle, who appears to be sporting the same iconic hairstyle as the late PBS host The Joy of Painting.

According to an IFC Films production synopsis, Wilson’s Nargle “has it all: a signature perm, a custom van, and fans hanging on his every stroke.”

But a “younger, better artist” soon enters the picture and “steals everything (and everyone) Carl loves,” according to the production notes.

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Written and directed by Brit McAdams, the film is based on the 2010 screenplay The Black List, and stars Occasional former student Michaela Watkins, Maids‘Wendi McLendon-Covey, Barry star Stephen Root, Ciara Renée, Lusia Strus and Lucy Freyer.

“We are thrilled to finally be working with the boundless and versatile talent of Owen Wilson, as he effortlessly brings the character of Carl Nargle to life from a smart script and direction by Brit McAdams,” said Arianna Bocco, president of IFC Films, according to the deadline. . “Paint has all the makings of a quotable comedy masterpiece, and we hope that audiences of all ages are ready for lots of laughs and lots of heart.”

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Known for his signature wet-on-wet painting style and soothing voice, Ross guided legions of wannabe artists through half-hour art lessons on his PBS show, which ran from 1983 to 1994, and gained even more fame during the COVID pandemic.

Over the years, the artist got a kick out of the bond he formed with his followers. In an episode of his show in 1988, he recalled a particular piece of mail from a fan.

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“I had a letter from someone here a while ago, and they said, ‘Bob, everything in your world seems happy.’ That’s for sure. That’s why I paint. It’s because I can create the kind of world I want, and I can make this world as happy as I want. Shoot, if you will you want bad stuff, watch the news.”


Ross died in Florida of complications from lymphoma in 1995.

2021 Netflix documentary Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal and Greed includes a behind-the-scenes look at the artist’s legacy.

Directed by Joshua Rofé and produced by Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone, it depicted a dark side to Ross’ legacy.

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The documentary traced his highlights while filming the PBS program and the legal battle that took place after his death when Ross’ former business partners – Annette and Walt Kowalski – gained full control of his estate and went against the artist’s family himself for control of his assets and likeness.

Paint set to hit theaters on April 28, 2023.


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