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Owen Wilson Channels Bob Ross and His Perm in First ‘Paint’ Trailer

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Feb 9 2023

The empire of a soft-spoken painting show host played by Owen Wilson is threatened by new talent – will he be able to keep his chill?

Owen Wilson is Carl Nagle, the top television painter in Vermont. He keeps his audience’s attention on every brush stroke with his calm demeanor, fluffy perm, and passion for painting. His work touches everyone from retirees to dudes that hang out in biker bars. Everything is smooth sailing for Carl and his custom van until a younger, better artist shows up, and her success starts to threaten everything he’s worked for. His mask of calm begins to slip, and his true colors show as he watches his insecurities come true. What will he be when his empire starts to fall, and his adoring fans leave him behind?

Warning: there is fondue abuse in this trailer.


We’ve seen some inspired casting recently – Daniel Radcliffe as Weird Al came to mind when I saw the promo shots for Paint. Owen Wilson’s California WOW attitude is a great match for this take on the legend that is Bob Ross. The beloved TV icon hosted The Joy of Painting on PBS for over a decade and had an unexpected life off-camera. Based on the trailer, they’re taking inspiration from more than just the show.

via IFC

Paint Cast and Details

The comedy is written and directed by Emmy Award winner Brit McAdams.

Along with Wilson, the cast includes Michaela Watkins (Wanderlust, Thanks for Sharing), Stephen Root (Barry, Office Space), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids, The Goldbergs), Ciara Renée (The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Lusia Strus, and newcomer Lucy Freyer. The film also features Denny Dillon (Dream On, Saturday Night Fever), Evander Duck Jr. (Orange Is the New Black), Will Blagrove (Inside Amy Schumer), and Ryan Czerwonko (Chicago Med).

Carl Nargle, Vermont’s #1 public TV painter, 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.


Paint arrives in theaters on April 7th.

Author: Mars Garrett
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