So.. Michael Bay takes a break from bloated, mega-budgeted sci-fi action movies to make a “low budget” (low for Michael Bay – $25 million) action-comedy, centered on bloated extortioners – bloated as in muscle heads.
As someone who actually once considered a career as a body-builder (many moons ago, while I was in college), some of the sequences in this actually cracked me up, because they reminded me of muscle heands I knew way back when.
Anyway… Anthony Mackie joins Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg in Michael Bay’s “low-budget” action-comedy set in the world of bodybuilding titled Pain And Gain.
The plot for the project, which is based on a Miami New Times article from 1999, follows a pair of Florida bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.
You can read the Miami New Times article the film is based on HERE.
The script was penned by the pair who wrote the Captain America screenplay, and was previously compared in tone to the Coen brothers’ Fargo. I don’t know about that, based on the trailer below. But we’ll see… this still looks like a Michael Bay movie to me, minus Optimus Prime. I’m thinking, a better comparison would be something closer to Bad Boys (which Michael Bay directed) than Fargo.
But I’ll see it! It looks like fun.
Johnson and Wahlberg play the 2 starring characters; Mackie plays a character named Adrian Doorbal, described as “a big-hearted bodybuilder who works out with Wahlberg’s character, Daniel Lugo. Doorbal has little to show for his hard work, leading him to get involved with Lugo’s scheme.“
Check out the first trailer for the film below; it opens on April 26: