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Ed Harris in talks to join Dwayne Johnson in Michael Bay's Pain and Gain

Feb. 2, 2012by:

Michael Bay has been developing PAIN AND GAIN for a few years now and it looks like it may finally go before the lens.

The story centers on a group of bumbling bodybuilders in Miami who plot to kidnap and rob a wealthy businessman. When the crime goes awry, the wealthy businessman left for dead returns to exact revenge on the bodybuilding thugs with the help of a private investigator.

In a recent press junket for JOURNEY 2, Dwayne Johnson assured that PAIN AND GAIN was "on the right track."  Paramount and Spielberg both want Bay back for a fourth TRANSFORMERS film and it's believed that this project could be the "bait" that hooks him to return to the franchise.

PAIN AND GAIN is being described as "Michael Bay's FARGO," which is a pretty bold statement.  Imagine Michael Bay actually directing FARGO.  Just let your imagination go.  Marge is now played by Megan Fox, who is no longer pregnant and also a former supermodel-turned-small-town cop.  William H. Macy is replaced by William Fichtner, and Steve Buscemi stays the same.  Every shootout is extended by at least five minutes.  Holy shit...I'm starting to like the idea...I better stop now.

PAIN AND GAIN is going to start picking up heavy things and setting them down in the Spring, with a release date set at a much later date.

 

Extra Tidbit: Michael Bay's Fargo: Cast it with story details.
Source: Vulture

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1:48AM on 02/03/2012
I like how the title for the article is the only time the news about the title is mentioned.
I like how the title for the article is the only time the news about the title is mentioned.
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7:42PM on 02/02/2012

Sounds like a joke

Maybe it's a tongue-in-cheek noir like Fargo was, but I can't really see Bay pulling that off. At all. I mean, c'mon...
Maybe it's a tongue-in-cheek noir like Fargo was, but I can't really see Bay pulling that off. At all. I mean, c'mon...
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6:21PM on 02/02/2012
Ed should have been nominated for Best Supporting Actor in THE ROCK.
There I said it.
Ed should have been nominated for Best Supporting Actor in THE ROCK.
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4:59PM on 02/02/2012

can't wait for it!

movie sounds really cool. I imagine Harris would be the investigator or the Business man left for dead? Either way it'll be cool to see who they pair up with him for the partner role

Obviously Rock will be one of the three bodybuilders... but I am STOKED to see who else they get for the other two... Ryan Reynolds? Mark Wahlberg (still considering it apparently, which would be just awesome)? Vin Diesel? hell... Chris Hemsworth?

all I know is that it would be fucking awesome to see Rock,
movie sounds really cool. I imagine Harris would be the investigator or the Business man left for dead? Either way it'll be cool to see who they pair up with him for the partner role

Obviously Rock will be one of the three bodybuilders... but I am STOKED to see who else they get for the other two... Ryan Reynolds? Mark Wahlberg (still considering it apparently, which would be just awesome)? Vin Diesel? hell... Chris Hemsworth?

all I know is that it would be fucking awesome to see Rock, Wahlberg and Diesel as a team... but then again there's no way anyone could take them down so take one of them out and put Reynolds in, plus that adds some comedy to the mix ;)
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2:34PM on 02/02/2012

I'm actually looking forward to this

But on to the important question of Bay's Fargo:
Even he wouldn't have Megan Fox headline his movie. Provided the character remains a woman at all. Maybe Liv Tyler or Kate Beckinsale. Shep Proudfoot would not be a tall Native American, but rather a stereotypical black dude played by Anthony Anderson. Also, either Buscemi or Stormare would be traded out for Michael Clark Duncan (Stormare) or Tyrese Gibson (Buscemi). But he'd keep at least ONE of the originals since he likes working with those
But on to the important question of Bay's Fargo:
Even he wouldn't have Megan Fox headline his movie. Provided the character remains a woman at all. Maybe Liv Tyler or Kate Beckinsale. Shep Proudfoot would not be a tall Native American, but rather a stereotypical black dude played by Anthony Anderson. Also, either Buscemi or Stormare would be traded out for Michael Clark Duncan (Stormare) or Tyrese Gibson (Buscemi). But he'd keep at least ONE of the originals since he likes working with those guys. And if he traded out Buscemi, he'd have him play Jerry. And Lou, Marge's deputy, would get a bigger role and be played by, yes, William Fichtner.

Now all that remains is pyrotechnics. There would be a lot less than your usual Bay movie. But that doesn't mean it would be exempt. When Gaer runs down the witnesses, their car would flip and spark, turn over and blow up. Or spring a leak and Gaer would just drop his cigarette on the leaked fuel. And Marge would not take him alive probably.
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