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John Krasinski to lead Michael Bay's Benghazi movie 13 Hours

01.14.2015

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Things are moving along with Michael Bay's Benghazi movie 13 HOURS as it just landed its first leading actor. Back in October we told you that the explosive director was planning to tackle the movie which recounts the 2012 attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound in Benghazi revolving around the six-man security team that fought to defend it. Back then a lot of you seemed to dismiss the idea of Bay taking on a drama after so many years of dealing with robots in disguise. Well, if you’re a fan of John Krasinski (The Office) maybe you’ll be willing to give it another chance because he's landed one of the lead roles in the upcoming movie.

There are varying reports out there with Variety saying that Krasinski will be playing a Navy SEAL in the film, and THR says he’ll be playing the lead role of security operator Jack Silva. THR also says Krasinski apparently blew Bay away during his audition. This has me all kinds of curious; I can't even remember when Bay wasn’t doing a TRANSFORMERS movie; besides PAIN AND GAIN which, take away the dark comedy, didn’t have much substance. With 13 HOURS he will have to leave the CGI spectacle and humor behind. While this would definitely be different direction than what we’re used to seeing from Bay, I’m all for him changing his game again. The movie is set to go into production this year.

 Are you ready to see John Krasinski and Michael Bay take on an action-thriller?

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12:21PM on 01/15/2015

Not only is this a bad idea...

but having someone like Michael Bay tell this story is insulting to the legacy of the Americans who died at Benghazi.
but having someone like Michael Bay tell this story is insulting to the legacy of the Americans who died at Benghazi.
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11:45AM on 01/15/2015

I have been waiting for John Krasinki to take an action oriented role

after learning he was in the running for Captain America i've been intrigued about seeing him do something like this. Hopefully he'll be able to shred the "Jim from the Office" stigma.
after learning he was in the running for Captain America i've been intrigued about seeing him do something like this. Hopefully he'll be able to shred the "Jim from the Office" stigma.
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9:40AM on 01/15/2015
John Krasinski has a funny-looking nose.
John Krasinski has a funny-looking nose.
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8:14AM on 01/15/2015

There's no need for this movie

This was a minor political scandal blown out of proportion for political gain, this movie will just create further controversy, especially with Michael Bay, what the fuck..
This was a minor political scandal blown out of proportion for political gain, this movie will just create further controversy, especially with Michael Bay, what the fuck..
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5:13AM on 01/15/2015

Take out the dark comedy?

If you take out the dark comedy then there's nothing? Yeh if we take out the action in his movies theyd be pretty boring too! PFFFFT Pain and Gain is the shit
If you take out the dark comedy then there's nothing? Yeh if we take out the action in his movies theyd be pretty boring too! PFFFFT Pain and Gain is the shit
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1:10PM on 01/15/2015
Oh, so you want to add dark comedy to this serious event?...That's sick, dude.
Oh, so you want to add dark comedy to this serious event?...That's sick, dude.
3:41AM on 01/15/2015
OK, what happened in Benghazi was very serious, very dramatic, but Bay won't give it heart. He'll just give it action.
OK, what happened in Benghazi was very serious, very dramatic, but Bay won't give it heart. He'll just give it action.
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11:54PM on 01/14/2015

leave the CGI spectacle and humor behind?

That sounds like quite a challenge for Mr. Bay indeed. Anyways i'm sure somehow he'll squeeze in a sexy burka scene (bonus: if in slow mo behind a smoky backdrop) with that annoying blue lens flare streak on the screen.
That sounds like quite a challenge for Mr. Bay indeed. Anyways i'm sure somehow he'll squeeze in a sexy burka scene (bonus: if in slow mo behind a smoky backdrop) with that annoying blue lens flare streak on the screen.
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11:09PM on 01/14/2015

action jim

he was almost captain america
he was almost captain america
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10:35PM on 01/14/2015

John Krasinski as the lead in a Michael Bay movie

Never thought I'd see that.
Never thought I'd see that.
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9:56PM on 01/14/2015

Mehhh

Could be bad or good, depends. I liked Pain And Gain though.
Could be bad or good, depends. I liked Pain And Gain though.
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9:15PM on 01/14/2015
I really hope this is a back to old form film for Bay. Would love to see him direct a good film again without relying on cgi explosions and racist and sexual jokes.

And I'm assuming Krasinski will be bulking up for the role too because even though the guy does have that old American look to him he could muscle up a bit for a role and story of this size and caliber.
I really hope this is a back to old form film for Bay. Would love to see him direct a good film again without relying on cgi explosions and racist and sexual jokes.

And I'm assuming Krasinski will be bulking up for the role too because even though the guy does have that old American look to him he could muscle up a bit for a role and story of this size and caliber.
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