ARLINGTON – PBS is set to air an hour-long biopic of acclaimed Joy of Painting host Bob Ross in honor of the artist’s 70th birthday. The soundtrack will feature music by The Strokes, whose songs will paint a picture of a man obsessed with more than just oil painting.
Blending personal home videos of the painter with dramatic reenactments from Will Ferrell, the biopic explores both the personal and professional life of Ross. On his television show, Ross was a calm and reserved artist who painted trees, clouds and other serene scenes. Within the confines of his third floor Florida studio apartment, Ross was a raging alcoholic who was addicted to drugs, fast cars, hookers and autoerotic asphyxiation.
Viewers will be stunned as they watch Ferrell impersonate Ross breaking into a car near a Miami strip club as “12:51” plays–the song, of course, a reference to the length of time it took for Ross to hotwire a vehicle. In a diary entry, Ross revealed that he sold car parts to pay for rare foreign brushes made from Native American human hair and crack cocaine.
In an unforgettable reenactment of New Year’s Day 1990, “Last Night” blasts onto the screen as Ferrell wakes up naked in an alley next to a bottle of scotch, two Asian hookers, and an empty paint ball gun.
The final image in the film is a black and white painting of Ross and an unidentified, unconscious woman lying in bed together, both naked, with a plastic bag in between them. The woman in the painting was later revealed to be Beverly Hills 90210 star Shannen Doherty.
When asked about the 1995 sexual encounter with Ross two months before his death, she simply stated, “It’s hard to explain.”
The biopic, set to air on Thanksgiving Day, will be narrated by Snoop Dogg, a self-proclaimed fan of “happy little trees.”