IFC has released the trailer and promotional artwork for its upcoming comedy, “Paint.”
In the film, Owen Wilson plays the role of Carl Nagyl, who is Vermont’s most popular TV painter. He has a strong following, a van, and a perm, but his position is challenged by a younger artist who begins to steal the spotlight. Nagyl’s character is reminiscent of the beloved TV icon, Bob Ross, who hosted the instructional TV program, “The Joy of Painting” on PBS from 1983 to 1994.
Wilson is the lead actor in the film and has previously appeared in various notable productions such as “Zoolander,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Bottle Rocket,” “Loki,” and “The French Dispatch.” The actor has an upcoming project, “Haunted Mansion,” in which he will star alongside Jamie Lee Curtis, Jared Leto, and Winona Ryder.
“Paint,” directed by Brit McAdam, explores a scenario where the life of a happy tree enthusiast is not as perfect as it seems. After many years of success, a new TV painter has captured the attention of Nargle’s fans, causing him to fall into a state of depression. Despite having a devoted fanbase that eagerly consumes his art, Nargle is unable to shake the impact of his newfound competition. It is a challenging situation for any public TV artist to face.
Brit McAdam’s direction brings a touch of Napoleon Dynamite’s thrift store innocence to the film. However, the real highlight is Owen Wilson’s performance as the painter. Parodies of Bob Ross are common, but they often fail to capture the relaxing, enjoyable, and magical experience of watching him paint. Wilson, on the other hand, brings a warmth and delicacy to the character while still maintaining the necessary resentment.
Wilson is supported by a talented ensemble cast, including Michaela Watkins, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ciara Renee, Lusia Strus, Lucy Freyer, and Stephen Root.
It is important to note that “Paint” is not a biopic about Bob Ross. The events depicted in the film, including the competition from a new TV painter and the consumption of cheese, are not based on real events in his life.