John Turturro possibly up for some Pain and Gain with Michael Bay

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Sometimes finding the right actor to play a real life person can be a daunting task, and sometimes the choice just stares you in the face. Case in point: John Turturro is possibly in talks to reunite with Transformers director and Shia Lebeouf fanboy no. 1, Michael Bay, for his latest: A true crime story, title Pain and Gain.

And a single Google image search will reveal to you exactly how perfect that casting would be.

No, that pic on the left is not a bad ID photo back from when Turturro was still a massive Tom Selleck fan, that’s actually a picture of real life Miami businessman Marc Schiller, who Turturro is set to play. Uncanny, isn’t it?

In 1994, Schiller was kidnapped, tortured and left for dead by members of Miami’s infamous Sun Gym Gang, a group of local steroid abusing, stripper loving bodybuilders and wannabe criminal masterminds. Schiller then hired private investigator Ed Dubois to track down the meathead duo so that he could exact revenge, but things don’t quite go as planned. Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson were previously reported as playing roid-monkey ringleader Daniel Lugo and his henchman, Adrian Doorbal, respectively, while Ed Harris is apparently looking at the role of Dubois.

The film is based on a trilogy of Miami Times articles on the entire farcical event written by Peter Collins. According to Latino Review, the adapted script is “HILARIOUS” (their capitalization, not ours) and is “tonally in the vein of a Coen Brothers movie”.

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That sounds great as I do love me some Coens, and Turturro has undoubtedly done his best and funniest work when working with their material. The problem of course, is Michael Bay – a director whose idea of subtlety is keeping his EPH (Explosions Per Hour, for those of you not fluent in Bayism) down to only 10. The last time he and Turturro collaborated in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, it resulted in scenes so unfunny that it felt like I was passing a kidney stone while watching them.

Hopefully, Bay reins in his excesses (if I see one helicopter flying in slow-mo in front of a sunset, I will scream) as the source actually sounds quote promising.

Thus far no dates have been set for shooting yet.

Last Updated: February 20, 2012

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions – but very little sleep – I’ve been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

  • I like this.

     It looks like Bay going back to his Bad Boys/ The Rock roots which were films that featured the characters as strongly as the setpieces and the ‘splosions, if not more so.

    Hopefully it means Bay looking to expand beyond his usual explosions and rapid-fire edits habits as what’s suggested by this concept is something that really has to look at its characters if it’s going to work. Of course, with Bay in charge, you’re obviously going to see something that’s going to take a few liberties with the source material, but still, it’s great seeing him looking at something that’s outside of his usual output.

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