It must be tough being Michael Bay. He gets to play with life-sized Transformers, blow stuff up all day and hang out with Victoria’s Secret supermodels. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Bay has cast Israeli supermodel Bar Paly (The Ruins) in his upcoming project, Pain and Gain. The director’s passion project will also feature non-supermodel, Tony Shaloub (Monk). The film’s premise is taken from the true life tale of bodybuilders, played by Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, who got caught up in an extortion scheme that goes south, turning to kidnapping and murder. The film also stars Anthony Mackie, Rob Corddry and Ed Harris. Hit the jump for more on Paly and Shaloub’s characters.
Variety reported that Bay has cast yet another supermodel in one of his projects. Obviously, I’m talking about Paly (sorry, Shaloub) who joins Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) in Bay’s Beauties. Paly will play “Sabina Petrescu, an illegal immigrant and former beauty queen who dreams of becoming the next Marilyn Monroe.” Fans of How I Met Your Mother or The Starter Wife might recognize Paly from her small screen roles. Her biggest feature film to date was 2008’s The Ruins in which she played an archeologist. Paly has also crossed into video game territory, doing a voice for a character in the hard-boiled detective game, L.A. Noire. Paly can next be seen in A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III or on your nearest catwalk. Just for fun, check out the red-band trailer for Hyenas from Lionsgate, featuring Paly as a clothes-stripping, shape-shifting carnivore (how’d I miss that one?)
Lest I forget Mr. Shaloub, who has been cast as Marc Schiller, the unfortunate kidnapping victim of the bodybuilders’ scheme. Harris has been cast as the private detective hired by Schiller to exact his revenge on the bodybuilders, while Mackie and Corddry are set to play other bodybuilders who get involved in the racket. Shaloub can next be seen in Movie 43 along with almost everyone in Hollywood, as the feature film is a compilation of comedic shorts.