Anthony Mackie May Play The Third Meathead In Michael Bay's Pain And Gain

By Katey Rich 2012-02-23 09:11:16discussion comments
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Right now the two main leads of MIchael Bay's upcoming comedy Pain and Again are pretty traditional meatheads-- which makes sense, given that this is a movie about bodybuilders. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Mark Wahlberg have been set for a while to play the two real-life Miami bodybuilders tho make the dumb decision to kidnap a very important person, but there was a third person in on the scheme-- and Variety reports that a certain well-muscled but also talented actor is in talks for the role.

According to their report, Anthony Mackie is in talks to play Adrian Doorbal, who worked out alongside Wahlberg's character Daniel Lugo and, partly because his workout efforts didn't pan out so well, also got involved in the kidnapping scheme. John Turturro was recently rumored to play the victim of their scheme, a Miami businessman left for dead after the kidnapping who survives and plots his revenge. Turturro isn't mentioned in the Variety writeup, but that may be just because his deal is still being confirmed. In any case, Ed Harris and Rob Corddry are definitely playing supporting roles.

As much as I never thought I'd look forward to another Michael Bay film after the assault that was Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, I'm more and more intrigued by Pain and Gain, which keeps bringing in new cast members that form a fascinating combination. Anthony Mackie has proven himself capable of jumping into just about anything and making it better, from excellent second-banana work in The Hurt Locker to a slyly funny and soulful role in The Adjustment Bureau to, hey why not, Real Steel. It'll be interesting to see how he meshes his own charisma with The Rock and Wahlberg, both of whom are used to being the center of attention and getting all the good lines themselves. It could be competition that ruins all three of them… or it could be amazing.

The biggest x-factor remains Bay, who's never been known for his sharp sense of humor or willingness to hold back, as he apparently plans to on this low-budget film. But you know what's even more fun than what looks like a good movie? An upcoming movie you can't put your finger on at all.
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