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Paint's Owen Wilson credits wig for performance

Digital Spy (UK) logo Digital Spy (UK) 25/03/2023 Dan Seddon

Paint star Owen Wilson believes his curly wig did "a lot of the heavy lifting" while playing the Bob Ross-esque Carl Nargle.

In the movie, from writer-director Brit McAdams, Wilson's popular 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", according to a synopsis.

Clearly channeling real-life The Joy of Painting host Ross, who sadly died in 1995, the actor credited the wardrobe department for their invaluable efforts behind the scenes.

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"I did like a little painting before to just see what it felt like. But one of the big things for me came when they got the look dialled in with the wardrobe," he told The Hollywood Reporter.

"And, I mean, let's be honest, the wig does a lot of the heavy lifting for me in terms of feeling not like myself."

Apparently, the voice was another major factor in tapping into this eccentric character.

"When you watch those Bob Ross shows, there's just something very attractive and welcoming about the way he sounds and the stuff he's saying," Wilson noted.

Owen Wilson in PAINT © IFC Films Owen Wilson in PAINT

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"Carl Nargle, you know, had the No. 1 painting show for 22 years in Vermont, so he had something that people enjoyed as well.

"He was very comfortable and confident until everything sort of gets shaken up."

This one is sure to add a splash of colour to cinemas this spring.

Paint hits cinemas on April 7 in the US and April 28 in the UK. It will be available to stream on AMC+ later in the year.


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