Even 26 after his demise, Bob Ross continues to be a cultural phenomenon with a massive cult-like following who are absolutely in love with his mellow and zen voice, curly hair and reassuring smile. When his 1983 The Joy of Painting hit the screens, nobody could have ever anticipated the amount of impact he would have in the field of art and creativity.
Ross’ videos exude positive energy as he makes painting seem so very easy and occasionally accompanies his works with motivating quotes such as “there’s no mistakes, only happy accidents” or “the joy of painting is the friends you make along the way”.
Netflix is set to release a documentary that shall allegedly delve into the “shocking untold story” of this seemingly harmless man’s empire. Titled Bob Ross; Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed, the Joshua Rofe-directed documentary shall explore Ross’ life trajectory and the legal measures his business partners Walt and Annette Kowalski took up to limit his brand.
The documentary shall also expose the harrowing and “slow betrayal of him” that continued beyond his death in 1995”.
With his “iconic hair, soothing voice and nostalgic paintings”, Ross continues to be one of the greatest cultural phenomena to date. The documentary shall, reportedly, help discover the dark side of his legacy and deconstruct the secrets that he hid behind his name.
Set to release on August 25, 2021, the documentary is highly anticipated and is a must-watch for all.