Are you in need of a Monday afternoon pick-me-up? Then check out the two jacked hotties (i.e. Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) gracing the latest poster for Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain below.
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Paramount has announced an April 26 release date for Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain, starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, based on a 1999 Miami New Times story about bodybuilders who turn to kidnapping, torture, and murder. “I just love the characters,” Bay told Entertainment Weekly back in 2007. “It’s these guys that work in a gym, and nothing is good enough, do you know what I mean? The pump is not good enough. They are all looking for the American dream. They end up kidnapping. It’s like a mixture of Fargo and Pulp Fiction and it’s all true. And they’re all knuckleheads. It’s a fun character piece. No action. One car crash.”
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Though Oscar nominee Michael Clarke Duncan had many friends in Hollywood, he and explosion-loving director Michael Bay had a special relationship. Bay gave Duncan his first major movie role in 1998, casting the former bodyguard as a driller in Armageddon. Duncan would go on to star in films and TV series like Sin City, The Finder, and, most notably, The Green Mile. The actor passed away yesterday.
Action auteur Bay penned a moving ode to his fallen friend on his website yesterday — proving, once more, that the guy really does know how to tug at our heartstrings. Bay begins by remembering how he and his team discovered Duncan:
We found him in a gym. He cried at the first audition because he was so proud to audition for a “Michael and Jerry movie,” he just wanted to make his mom proud. We gave him the role in the room.
His first day on Armageddon he sucked. I remember looking to Ben Affleck and thinking we might need to fire him. But I told him “Mike, I hired you for you, I want the sweet, Mr Clarke Duncan I met in that room.” I said, “the audience is going to fall in love with you.”
He looked and smiled with deep voice and said “Ok.”
Before her performance as Kristin Wiig’s kooky roommate in Bridesmaids, Australian actress and comedian Rebel Wilson was a virtual unknown to most audiences stateside. That will not be a problem by the end of this year. EW has learned exclusively that Wilson is joining the pumped-up cast of Pain and Gain, director Michael Bay’s true crime drama about a cadre of bodybuilders who become embroiled in a kidnapping and extortion plot that does not end well. Wilson will play Ramona Eldridge, who winds up in prison for her involvement in the scheme. She’ll star opposite Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Ed Harris, Tony Shalhoub, Anthony Mackie, and Rob Corddry in the Paramount production, produced by Bay, Ian Bryce, and Donald De Line. The film marks Bay’s first non-Transformers project since 2005′s The Island, and is set to start shooting in Miami this spring. READ FULL STORY »
Michael Bay announced on his website late Monday night that he had signed a two-picture deal with Paramount Pictures that puts him back in the director’s chair for the next Transformers movie. Shia LaBeouf has said rather adamantly he will not make another film in the billion-dollar grossing franchise, and much of the cast from the previous three films are not expected to return. But producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, and Ian Bryce; and executive producers Steven Spielberg, Bay, Brian Goldner, and Mark Vahradian are coming back for the fourth film. The film is already set to inundate theaters on June 27, 2014.
Before Bay returns to the unending war between Autobots and Decepticons that has reduced cities across our fair planet to rubble, however, he will first helm Pain and Gain, starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. READ FULL STORY »
Despite a report that Michael Bay is in final negotiations to direct a fourth Transformers film, the blockbuster director insisted that “Right now I’m not decided,” in a statement posted overnight on his website.
“Studios are passing rumors but I’m not sure what I’m doing” he continued. “I know I’m going to do Pain and Gain early spring but that’s it for right now. I’m leaving all my options on the table. I’ve got several studio meetings in the next two weeks.”
Pain and Gain is a revenge script based on a 1999 Miami New Times story about a kidnapping victim who hunts down the gang of weight-lifters who held him captive. Though his reps did not respond to a request for comment, New York‘s Vulture blog, which had initially reported Bay was nearly locked in for Transformers 4, hinted that agreeing to another sci-fi sequel for Paramount was the key to getting a greenlight for Pain and Gain. (Though it seems unlikely that Michael Bay has to negotiate to get a “passion project” made at this point in his career.)
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