‘Pain & Gain’ Red Band Trailer: Michael Bay Presents ‘Bad Bodybuilders’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated April 11th, 2013 at 1:38 pm,

Michael Bay will direct Mark Wahlberg in Transformers 4 (official title TBD) for release in 2014, following a year after their collaboration on the “smaller” crime-comedy thriller Pain & Gain, costarring Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie.

Marky Mark plays Daniel Lugo, a Miami-based bodybuilder who’s searching for a more effective means to accomplish “The American Dream” (re: get rich quick). He recruits his colleague Adrian Doorbal (Mackie) and a weightlifter named Paul Doyle (Johnson) to kidnap a wealthy scumbag (Tony Shalhoub) and force him to legally give them his amassed fortunes. However, once this bulky gang of amateur crooks gets a taste for blood, money and the rich life, things start to spiral out of control (and fast).

Rounding out the cast are comedic types like Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect), Ken Jeong (The Hangover) and Rob Corddry (Warm Bodies), in addition to Ed Harris as the investigator Ed Du Bois, who is hired on to beat Daniel and his lunkheaded cohorts at their own ill-conceived game. The Pain & Gain green band trailer reveals as much, in addition to teasing the sort of ridiculous material you expect to see after reading the description “Michael Bay’s New Bodybuilder Action Comedy.” 

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By comparison, the red band trailer gets more into the dark humor and satire inherent to the Pain & Gain screenplay written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Captain America: The First Avenger). The plan seem to involve ridiculing what are really quite despicable characters – inspired by Miami’s “Sun Gym Gang” from Pete Collins’ 1999 Miami New Times article – and letting Bay eat his cake too, by filling the screen with all the bulging muscles, bikini-clad babes and testosterone-fueled action and crude humor as possible.

The final result looks to be a love/hate affair, but also something that holds your attention no matter how you feel. It could be the Michael Bay equivalent of Spring Breakers - something that appeals more to the crowd that made the Bad Boys series a box office sensation, with maybe even a little thoughtfulness thrown in for good measure (emphasis on maybe).


Pain & Gain opens in theaters on April 26th, 2013.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. Its looking better and better. Reminds me of old school Michael Bay

    • I’m just looking forward to seeing Ed Harris and Tony Shaloub, we don’t see them enough in movies anymore.

  2. Looks good. Some funny parts in the trailer. Though some of the humor looks like it was taken right out of one of the transformers movies. Which is sad, especially if this is an R rated film. you would think it wouldn’t have some of the same humor that teenagers dont even find funny.

    But other than that, looks great. Michael Bay and The Rock.

  3. It’s silly, but yeah… I’m gonna see this..

  4. Holy sh*t !!!
    It looks so bad !!!
    I won’t even bother with this movie

  5. THIS IS A TRUE STORY……..kind of

  6. Okay, I was going to see this when it came out but Dwayne Johnson threatening a midget just shot this to opening night material.

  7. Looks like it could be funny! Anthony Machey looks jacked! He should be even bigger when he plays the Falcon in the next Captain America movie!

  8. Well it appears mark wahlberg has sold out to the bay train, this then trannies 4. What’s next is he gonna be in gi joe 3? Give me a break…rock needs to go back to wrestling at least their he hd dignity.

  9. WOW….

    I researched the “True Story” angle. If done properly this is anything but a comedy.

    Its a long read…….

  10. The people on this site really do hate Michael Bay. Can’t understand it. His movies are very popular and do very well. It’s time to accept that the general public likes what he does.

    Sometimes we just like to be entertained. We don’t need to get a PHD while watching the movie.

    • We don’t need to feel our brains liquify either, though.

  11. Looks horrible. Everything that I didn’t like about Transformers 2 & 3 condensed in one movie, minus all the spectacle that made these movies actually worth watching. I’ll pass.

  12. Wow what a mess.

  13. Ha ha ha! That was great! Now leave TMNT alone!

  14. Looks great. Could be as good as Bad Boys 2, maybe even better.

  15. Sandy, you guys didn’t like the Bad Boys series??

  16. very interesting and very funny.

  17. Note to the editor:

    Ed DuBois is a “seasoned private investigator” …. not “seasoned criminal” … major typo in third sentence of the last paragraph.

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