Before Michael Bay returns to the world of Transformers on the big screen, he’ll be venturing to Miami, Florida for a smaller film called Pain and Gain. Based on a real life story from Miami New Times writer Pete Collins, the film follows two bodybuilders who capture and torture a wealthy businessman, who survives and hires a private detective to exact his revenge. Now it looks like Transformers stalwart John Turturro could join the film as the kidnapped businessman.
Latino Review‘s source tells them Albert Brooks – who was fantastic in last year’s Drive – was originally sought for the part, but the deal fell through and now Turturro is in talks to take his place. Variety recently reported that funnyman Rob Corrdy has signed on as a gym owner, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson are set to star as the two bodybuilders, and just a couple of weeks ago we wrote about how Ed Harris is circling the detective role, so this cast is shaping up to be really excellent. LR says the script is reminiscent of a Coen Brothers film, and since Turturro is a frequent Coen collaborator, it sounds like a good match. Turturro’s role in the Transformers series was always cringe-worthy for me, so I’m glad he’s looking to move on for the time being. (If Josh Duhamel is to be believed, none of the original Transformers cast are coming back for future films, but I’d bet if anyone returns, it’ll be Turturro.)
Are you excited about Pain and Gain?