Fans Are Losing It Over New Photos of HGTV’s Ben Napier

Fans of HGTV star Ben Napier are in stitches over the wardrobe selection for his appearing debut, questioning if he is aware of he is emulating a cult traditional. As information broke that he and spouse Erin, co-hosts of the hit show “Home Town,” will seem in a brand new Christmas film, followers observed a peculiar and hilarious element in pictures from the movie shoot.

Here’s what’s behind all of the followers who are actually calling Ben “dude” on social media…

Napier’s Sweater is Very Familiar to Film Fans

On August 17, 2022, information broke that the Napiers had simply wrapped filming their first film, one among 4 new vacation movies that includes HGTV and Food Network stars, scheduled to premiere on Discovery+ in November. Hillary Farr of “Love It or List It” shall be featured in a film referred to as “Designing Christmas,” whereas the Napiers will seem in “A Christmas Open House.”

When the Napiers shared pictures from the movie shoot on Instagram, eagle-eyed followers observed an amusing element about Ben’s wardrobe. Inexplicably, the much-beloved host was sporting an actual reproduction of the cardigan sweater famously worn by Jeff Bridges’ character often called “The Dude” within the iconic movie “The Big Lebowski.”

In the Coen Brothers’ cult traditional, launched in 1998, Bridges performs unemployed Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski — an unlikely hero who loves consuming White Russians and hanging out on the bowling alley whereas remaining completely laid again by way of life’s troubles, from his automobile being stolen to getting caught up in a kidnapping plot. The character rapidly grew to become a popular culture image for slackers all over the place, inspiring a number of books and even a faith referred to as Dudeism, which claims to have 600,000 “skilled clergymen” but is amusingly known as “the slowest-growing faith on the earth.”

Throughout the film, “The Dude” wears a haphazard assortment of mismatched outfits. The Financial Times marveled over how the wardrobe crew dressed Bridges in “the ugliest parody of California model they might handle” but one way or the other nonetheless made the character look “resplendent, superb and excellent.”

The most-seen and best-remembered wardrobe merchandise was a beaten-up Pendleton Westerley cardigan that was really from Bridges’ personal closet. Years after the movie’s launch, Pendleton went by way of a number of redesigns in an try and create an actual reproduction of the sweater for keen followers. The firm lastly acquired it proper, followers informed them, and the sweater continues to be bought on their web site in the present day for $249.

As quickly as followers of “The Big Lebowski” observed Napier sporting the well-known sweater in pictures, they started popping up within the Napiers’ Instagram feedback to have a good time, thrilled concerning the throwback, with many writing a well-liked phrase from the film: “The Dude abides!”

One fan wrote, “[email protected] sporting a Big Lebowski sweater???” and Napier favored the remark, signaling that he is conscious of the connection to the cult traditional.

Another fan commented, “If you do not get to be (Santa), then sporting ‘The Dude’ sweater is subsequent neatest thing!”

The Napiers Will Not Play Themselves in Christmas Movie

In an August 17 Instagram put up, Napier — who is thought by followers as an enormous fan of Christmas — shared a number of pictures from the movie shoot. He wrote, “Check out the celebrities of the film I acquired to be [email protected],@erinapier, [email protected] together with the crew all did such a formidable job, I’m completely satisfied they put up with me. It was enjoyable pretending to be an actor for per week. If you’re keen on Christmas motion pictures, then you definately’ll love this film! If you do not love Christmas motion pictures then we won’t be mates.”

When “A Christmas Open House” debuts on Discovery+ on December 11, it’ll mark the Napiers’ first time appearing collectively, enjoying the roles of Henry and Sarah Wright, who occur to even be residence restoration specialists.

Per Variety, this is the official description for the movie:

“Melissa Norwood (Katie Stevens) is an bold Atlanta property stager who groups together with her old highschool crush, David Phelps (Victor Rasuk), to promote her newly married mother’s residence of their small Georgia residence city. The place is cozy however hasn’t been up to date in many years, so the 2 be a part of as much as renovate the place earlier than a few rich potential patrons are as a result of see the home on Christmas Eve. Melissa would like to spend a portion of her finances on a couple of customized tasks created by a singular couple, Henry and Sarah Wright (Ben and Erin Napier), who’re gifted at small city residence restoration and admire the legacy of a household residence. Henry is a grasp woodworker and customized furnishings builder, and Sarah is an artist with an experience in colour and transformative design selections. As Christmas approaches and the tensions develop, so does a romantic relationship between Melissa and David, however the truth that Melissa intends to return to Atlanta and begin her personal enterprise with the money she’s going to get from the property sale, whereas David has no intention of leaving his residence city, may very well be a deal breaker for his or her new relationship.”

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