Dwayne Johnson Talks Up Michael Bay's 'Pain And Gain'

Dwayne Johnson Talks Up Michael Bay's 'Pain And Gain' Las Vegas welcomed Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to Paramount Pictures' CinemaCon presentation, where he had pimping this summer's "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" on his mind.

Meanwhile, ComingSoon caught up with Johnson and let him open up about taking part in Michael Bay's long in the works "passion project" between billions-grossing "Transformers" sequels, "Pain and Gain". Johnson promised that Bay's smaller-scale film rooted in the real exploits of "Sun Gym Gang" bodybuilders-turned-kidnappers Daniel Lugo and Adrien Doorbal. The chiseled six-foot-plus former University of Miami defensive end and multi-time WWE Champion, surprisingly, is surprisingly playing neither. He's instead playing caught-up bartender Paul Doyle.

Johnson painted the project as Bay's directional shift.

"It's a smaller-scale movie, not only for Michael Bay, but it's a smaller movie,  but also keep in mind that 'Pain and Gain' has been Michael's passion project for years now so when someone like Michael who visually, stylistically...he's a brilliant, brilliant filmmaker, to be able to take that spirit and engage it in a passion project that he loves," Johnson said. "I think out of that, we're going to find some really special things. I have had the greatest time playing this character, because the craziest part about this is that every day when I wrap - whether it's 3:00 in the morning or 6:00 at night - I go home thinking, 'Jesus Christ, this s**t really happened, all this crazy s**t happened."

The film's budget would indeed make it Bay's lowest-priced feature to date. ComingSoon has promised a more complete recap of their talk with Johnson soon.

Though "Pain and Gain" has been confirmed to also star Mark Wahlberg, it doesn't yet have a targeted release date. Ironically, something else much bigger does have one: Bay said he when officially announced his helming of a third "Transformers" sequel that he and Paramount have targeted that franchise continuation for a June 29, 2014 release - scheduled specifically, he claimed, so that he could finish "Pain and Gain" in the intervening two years.

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