I painted a 2′ x 8′ oil painting of Crescent Beach, looking north, toward the public beach. It was used as a mural background in the recently released movie, The Comedian, starring Robert DeNiro and Danny DeVito. It didn’t look too bad. It was only on the screen as a background behind DeNiro, for a few seconds, toward the end of the movie. The setting for that scene is a retirement home in Marco Island, Fl, where DiNiro’s character is playing a stand-up comedian that was asked to entertain the residents for a few minutes.
The original painting, which is available for purchase, is now hanging at the Doughnut Experiment.
Official review: An aging comic icon, JACKIE BURKE (Robert De Niro) has seen better days. Despite his efforts to reinvent himself and his comic genius, the audience only wants to know him as the former television character he once played. Already a strain on his younger brother (Danny DeVito) and his wife (Patti LuPone), Jackie is forced to serve out a sentence doing community service for accosting an audience member. While there, he meets HARMONY (Leslie Mann), the daughter of a sleazy Florida real estate mogul (Harvey Keitel), and the two find inspiration in one another resulting in surprising consequences. Through the alchemy of their unlikely friendship, Harmony and Jackie overcome their own emotional damage and emerge as better people.