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The Bob Ross movie is here and it’s just as goofy as you’d imagine

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As is the case with Mister Rogers, for a lot of people who grew up before the new millennium, Bob Ross is a comforting figure. His television show The Joy of Painting is a reminder of sick days perched in front of the TV, afternoons spent at your grandparents place or that eternally warm and fuzzy time before you started school and Bob Ross painting played in the background with M*A*S*H reruns and Judge Judy.

It's time to return to this place where there are no mistakes, just happy accidents because Owen Wilson is assuming the role of a Bob Ross-type character for the upcoming film Paint. All the details, below.

What is Paint about?

Although the film doesn't explicitly mention Bob Ross, there's no mistaking that trademark perm. Paint takes us into the world of Carl Nagyl, Vermont’s top TV painter who is at the top of his game. Everything is going his way and his fanbase are enamoured with his ASMR-style accessible painting tutorials. That is until a younger artist emerges and threatens his position.

Despite the similarities between Nagyl and Ross, this isn't a biopic. Just a movie that has been deeply influenced by the likeness of Bob Ross. The plot is almost entirely fictional, however if you're looking for something factual, Netflix released a documentary entitled Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed on the platform back in August 2021, which takes a deep dive into the not-so-sunny reality of Bob Ross who died aged 52.

Who is involved?

Along with the presence of comedic king Owen Wilson as Carl Nagyl, Paint features Wendi McLendon-Covey, Stephen Root, Michaela Watkins and Ciara Renée. Meanwhile, Brit McAdams is donning his director hat for the project.

Is there a release date?

Paint is scheduled to drop in cinemas on April 28. See you there.

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