It might be a bit of a stretch, but it’s possible to say a Winnebago Adventurer Class A motorhome co-stars in the upcoming feature film “About Schmidt,” which stars Oscar winners Jack Nicholson and Kathy Bates.
The New Line Cinema production opens Dec. 13 in New York, Los Angeles and Omaha, Neb., where the majority of the movie was set and filmed.
“About Schmidt” can be seen nationwide beginning Jan. 3.
The film chronicles the life of Warren Schmidt, played by Nicholson, who attempts to find meaning in his life after retirement. Told with the help of a series of letters to a 6-year-old orphan he adopts for $22 a month via TV, Warren sets out in his Winnebago Adventurer to attend the wedding of his daughter, Jeannie, played by Hope Davis, and soon-to-be-son-in-law, Randall, an underachieving waterbed salesman played by Dermot Mulroney.
“About Schmidt” is directed by Oscar nominee and Omaha native Alexander Payne, who bought the motorhome featured in the film. “Winnebago Industries was a delight to work with,” Payne said. “In fact, I’ve since bought the Winnebago Adventurer Jack Nicholson drove in the film and I plan on using it as my personal vehicle for my next project.”
Winnebago’s director of marketing, Roger Martin, read the “About Schmidt” script and decided “it was a film we’d be happy to lend our brand name and product to. The combination of the excellent cast and the key role the motorhome plays in Warren’s life-altering journey can only further enhance communications of the advantages of travel in a Winnebago Industries motorhome,” Martin said.