Pain & Gain - Michael Bay May Do an Extended Cut
For almost two decades, Michael Bay is the man for the bombastic effect films with budgets far above the $100 million mark. But since 12 years, Bay also circulates the idea of turning the real events involving criminal bodybuilders into a movie. Between his Transformers films, Bay mentioned to finally tackle his project Pain & Gain. It should also be a relaxing task for him between all these loud CGI robot vehicles that kept him busy for the last years and hauled in an unbelievable amount of money at the box office.
However, there were some problems to finance the film at first. $25 million don't sit too loosely with the producers and Bay had some convincing to do. He finally managed to do so and could shoot the film with Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg in the lead roles. In the usual press tour before the theatrical release, the colleagues at Collider asked Bay whether there might be a longer cut of the movie that could end up on the home video releases.
And indeed, there might be one. Bay thinks it's a good idea. After the initial cut had a runtime of 3 hours, material got removed in order to reduce the duration. At least 10 minutes of that footage are deemed worthy enough by Bay to be put back into the film for a possible Extended Cut on DVD/BD later on. Again, it should be noted that a good amount of skepticism is advised. The recent past had too many examples of broken dreams of longer versions that were teased but not fulfilled.
Pain & Gain started in US cinemas on April 26th, 2013.
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