Michael Bay Talks PAIN AND GAIN, Deleted Scenes, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, and Tells a Crazy True Story

     April 24, 2013


Opening this weekend is director Michael Bay’s fantastic dark comedy Pain & Gain.  The film is based on a crazy true story and stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.  Pain and Gain also stars Anthony Mackie, Rebel Wilson,  Tony ShalhoubEd HarrisRob CorddryKen Jeong, and Bar Paly.  For more on the film, watch some clips or the red-band trailer.

Last week at the Miami press junket, I landed an exclusive interview with Michael Bay.  He talked about balancing the truth while making a movie, why it took so long to make the film, deleted scenes, whether he will release an extended cut on Blu-ray, test screenings, and a lot more.  In addition, beside telling a crazy true story involving the real people involved, I got an update on director Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Hit the jump to watch and definitely check out Pain and Gain this weekend.  It’s absolutely worth seeing.

Michael Bay:

  • After talking about making Pain and Gain for over ten years, why was this the time to make it
  • Balancing the truth with making a movie
  • How long was his first cut and how long was his first director’s cut
  • Will he release an extended cut on Blu-ray
  • Says he might be willing to put another 10 minutes back into the movie on home video
  • Who does he show his movies to first (talks about test screenings)
  • Talks about the crazy story behind the characters that Anthony Mackie and Rebel Wilson play and what happened at the trial. Involves a BJ.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles talk


  • Sean

    He’s way more pleasant and down to earth than I was expecting.

    • Clay

      Have you ever worked with him?

      • Sean

        No. I’m just a person who judges and comments from the internet.

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad he has the flu, for all the shit he’s been trying to push on us.

    • Chris Conley

      Really you hate the man that much, show some freaking compassion for others you hardly know the guy and shouldn’t just wish bad things on him because you don’t like his movies.

  • Jon

    Wait so he’s not directing ninja turtles oh boy this is going to be a shit storm

    • Strong Enough

      everybody already knew this

  • Seriously

    It’s kind of sad that Bay, who’s actually a super nice guy, has had his name slandered across the net.
    I’ve had coffe with him – and he’s very kind, respectful, and sincere.
    I know some people who have worked with him and they only have nasty things to say – so, and Bay himself says “I don’t pull punches when I’m working, on set, we are not friends – the only thing I care about is the work.”

    I think people should respect that. If you’re not giving your all on his project, he’s going to let you know. I prefer to work with a guy who knows what he wants, as opposed to the huge number of “directors” who don’t, and expect you to “come up with something” that they can then pass off as their idea, and take all the credit for.

    • mattinacan

      yea that’s all well and good if you make good movies. Bay makes shit, so he should just feel lucky to be as successful as he has become.

      • LOL

        Correction: He makes successful films, and last I checked, Hollywood is a BUSINESS. So he’s doing something right, obviously. The same people who call his films “shit” probably love their fair share of junk, too.

  • droop

    frosty always uses some dumb superlative, there is no way this movie is fantastic, you always sound like an idiot and your interviews are shit, so awkward the way you want to be their best friend and think your interviews are somehow amazingly fun for them. “i have some fun questions for you guys, gonna do something a little bit different” oh man just stop. sorry im on my manperiod

    • Hugo Boliche

      Relax, my friend. I think Frosty’s approach is great for putting the interviewees at ease. Probably better than coming at them and being like “Ninja Turtles could be a shit storm. Prove to me that it won’t.”

    • Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

      you might notice I post many interviews with no positive words about the movie. Pain and Gain is fantastic and Dwayne Johnson’s best work. After you see it, I think you’ll agree

    • bidi

      i think frosty’s interviews are great. and have you ever seen an interviewer be like, “your movie sucks. why didn’t you make a better one?” i doubt he would get many people to agree to talk to him after that. i always appreciate the interviews

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