When we shared the first poster released for Michael Bay's 2013 action-comedy Pain & Gain, Eric pointed out that most posters for Bay's movies are "filled with super star A-list actors not looking back at the bomb they just set off." The newest poster borrows some of that concept, putting two of its A-listers front and center, but trading explosions for an American flag backdrop.
Due out next April, Bay's Pain & Gain is based on a true story and follows two bodybuilders (played by Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson) in Miami in the 90s who get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes wrong. The new poster, courtesy of Yahoo, shows Wahlberg and Dwayne looking muscled and intimidating.
Welcome to the gun show! Set in front of the American flag and above the words "Their American Dream is Bigger than yours," Johnson and Wahlberg look like two guys who don't mess around, and who love lifting weights. Wahlberg's brow is looking intensely creased, while Johnson looks like he's cracking his knuckles. A hint of the People's Eyebrow might've added a bit of humor to the expression on his face, but it seems like they're aiming for tough-guy serious in tone here.
What the movie might lack in the dramatic explosions we've come to expect from Bay's films, it will hopefully make up for in humor. And its cast seems to indicate that it will. In addition to Wahlberg and Johnson, both of whom have proven their comedic abilities in the past, Pain & Gain also stars Rebel Wilson, Rob Corddry and Tony Shalhoub, all of whom are well known for their comedic work.
This poster follows the previously released teaser poster for the film, which showed a big tub of protein powder mix.
Pain & Gain arrives in theaters April 26, 2013. More information can be found in our Blend Film Database.
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