The movie trailer for an upcoming John Travolta feature that centers around dirt track racing was released last week. The synopsis for Trading Paint was released by the production companies – no less than 6 production companies are listed – explains the movie in a nutshell: Veteran race car driver Sam Munroe and his son, a fellow driver from a small town overcome family and professional conflicts, balancing competition, ego, resentment and a racing nemesis to come out stronger on the other side.
Here’s what we get from the preview: Father is a local hero with past success on the regional dirt tracks. He retires from racing when the son is old enough to race. They win some races and continue to operate the family garage. They start to flounder at the track and have a fight when the son opts to drive for the villain. The Father breaks out his old fire suit and competes against the son for a championship. The black helmet wearing dad crashes into the white helmet wearing son, who is knocked out. Dad pulls son from the wreck and realizes their relationship is more important than any glory on the track. Both recover and live happily ever after – and are richer for the experience. The end.
If you think this sounds familiar, it probably is. Substitute Ralph Earnhardt in place of Sam Munroe and you have the first three-quarters of the movie 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story. The movie’s plot seems to be predictable after watching the trailer, and it leaves many wondering if they even need to see the full movie.
It is true that you may have seen the entire movie in the extended trailer, but most of us at OneDirt.com urge dirt track racers to keep an open mind about the film and maybe even watch it at the theater. This movie just may bring fans to the sport much like Days of Thunder did for NASCAR. After all, exposure for the sport is not a bad thing.
The second reason for watching the film is Shania Twain. The odd pairing of Canadian singer Twain with a mid-60s John Travolta to play a mature good ol’ southern couple seems strange, but Travolta pulled off the Urban Cowboy pairing with Debra Winger successfully. Even at 53 years old, Shania is worth watching. The Canadian background can be ignored because … well, err … because Nashville. Duh!
- John Travolta as Sam
- Toby Sebastian as Cam
- Shania Twain as Becca
- Michael Madsen as Linsky
- Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Cindy
- Kevin Dunn as Stumpy
- Barry Corbin as Sheriff Buck Taylor
There is a character in the movie named Sheriff Buck Taylor. There is also an actor Buck Taylor that plays the role of Ben in the movie.
Aspiring actress Jen Baker plays the role of “Track Girl.” This is not the first time Baker has played an unnamed role in a movie. She has appeared as “Fan Girl” in Bigger, “HR Girl” in Office Uprising, and will show up as “Hot Girl” in the future release Branded.
The movie is filmed in Hueytown and Bessemer Alabama. Hueytown, Alabama is the hometown of Nascar’s, Alabama Gang.
John Travolta & Michael Madsen played the Vega brothers in the Quentin Tarantino films. John Travolta played Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction & Michael Madsen played Vic Vega in Reservoir Dogs.
Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (Cindy) and Toby Sebastian (Cam) previously starred as cousins in the award-winning series Game of Thrones.
The movie’s limited release is scheduled for theaters on March 22, 2019. It is scheduled to be on disc and streaming on February 22, 2019. The published runtime is 88 minutes for this Ambi Pitctures action and adventure film.