An intriguing move away from ginormous explosions and into more character-driven filmmaking, Michael Bay's Pain & Gain is shaping up to surprise one or two people. His passion project has a new trailer which offers a blast of Florida sunshine on a wintry day. Watch it below or Bay will blow up your advent calendar.
Looks like a Michael Bay sortie in Soderbergh or even Coens country, right? Sure, he's brought Humvees, SWAT teams and speedboats (baby steps, people), but the comedy beats looks like they're in safe hands with Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and the ever-excellent Tony Shalhoub on board, and we know Bay can shot an action sequence. Sometimes several at once.
The Bad Boys here are a trio of knuckleheaded bodybuilders, Daniel Lugo (Wahlberg), Paul Doyle (Johnson) and Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie), who robbed and extorted their way around southern Florida in the mid-'90s.
Written by Chronicles Of Narnia's Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, Bay's true-life tale charts Florida's 'Sun Gym Gang', a story reported assiduously by Miami New Times journalist Pete Collins in 1999.
Pain & Gain is out in the UK on May 3, 2013.