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Ken Jeong & 'Ugly Betty' Star Tony Plana Join Michael Bay's 'Pain And Gain'

6 April 2012 11:42 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Well if the cast of “Transformers” helmer Michael Bay’s low-budget (in Bay terms) dark comedy “Pain and Gain” isn’t the most eclectic ensemble of talent he’s ever assembled, it’s certainly the best he’s done in years.

The cast already boasts two blockbuster action stars in Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson in this true story of two Miami Beach bodybuilders who kidnapped, robbed, and left for dead a wealthy Florida businessman. That businessman will be played by veteran character actor Tony Shaloub, who will also be joined by Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Anthony Mackie and “Bridesmaids” scene stealer Rebel Wilson. Well, now Bay has added two more to this admittedly fine assortment of players that certainly ups our interest even more in this project.

The Hangover” and “Community” star Ken Jeong is set to join the Paramount film as the character of Johnny Wu, with “Ugly Betty »

- Benjamin Wright

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Pain and Gain Gets Ken Jeong

6 April 2012 12:49 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Hangover's Ken Jeong has joined Michael Bay's dark comedy, Pain and Gain.

The comedy is based on a true story about a pair of bodybuilders in Florida, who get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. The actor will be playing the character Johnny Wu with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson playing the body builders.

The actor played a key role in both The Hangover movies and has a reoccurring role on NBC's Community.

Production has already begun in Miami.

Pain and Gain is in development and stars Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, Rob Corddry, Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris, Bar Paly, Tony Shalhoub. The film is directed by Michael Bay. »

- MovieWeb

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Ken Jeong Joins Bay's "Pain and Gain"

6 April 2012 12:43 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"The Hangover" and "Community" comedian Ken Jeong has joined the cast of Michael Bay's dark comedy thriller "Pain And Gain" at Paramount Pictures says Heat Vision.

The $35 million project is based on the true story of body builders in Miami Beach who headed a kidnapping and extortion ring that went awry.

Jeong, who worked with Bay in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon", will play a character named Johnny Wu. Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Ed Harris, Tony Shaloub, Anthony Mackie and Bar Paly also star.

Shooting is underway in Miami and new photos of Johnson in action have gone online which you can see below:


- Garth Franklin

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Ken Jeong Will Feel Pain And Gain

5 April 2012 9:20 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Since his big movie break in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up back in 2007,  Ken Jeong has become The Ubiquitous Former Doctor, cropping up in almost every comedy made since Seth Rogen got Katherine Heigl preggers. He made most impact in the Hangover films, but Michael Bay even found a role for him in Transformers: Dark Of The Moon and has decided to keep him around, since Jeong will appear in Pain And Gain.Bay is shooting the dark comedy right now with Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg playing two bodybuilders in Miami who cook up a cockeyed scheme that involves kidnapping and extortion.Jeong has signed on to play someone named Johnny Wu, though there are no other details of his role. He’s joining a cast that already includes Ed Harris, Tony Shalhoub, Rebel Wilson, Rob Corddry and Anthony Mackie.There’s no word yet on when Pain And Gain will hit cinemas, »

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Ken Jeong Will Feel (and Steal) 'Pain and Gain'

5 April 2012 8:33 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Ken Jeong is ready to pump some iron — and steal some scenes.

The "Hangover" star is reuniting with his "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" director Michael Bay for the bodybuilding crime thriller, "Pain and Gain," according to Heat Vision.

"Pain and Gain" is based on the true story of Miami Beach bodybuilders who headed a disastrous kidnapping and extortion ring. At $35 million, the film has the lowest budget of any Bay-directed film since the original "Bad Boys" (which, believe it or not, had a budget of only $19 million), a film for which Bay sacrificed part of his salary in order to shoot a climactic explosion. Seems rather ironic now, doesn't it?

Ken Jeong had a brief but memorable supporting role in the third "Transformers" film as Shia Labeouf's somewhat bizarre (okay, really bizarre) co-worker who unfortunately ran afoul of the Decepticon known as Laserbeak. He's probably most well-known for his role as Mr. »

- Bryan Enk

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Ken Jeong Has ‘Pain and Gain’; First Looks at Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie Surface

5 April 2012 8:10 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

I’ve heard Ken Jeong‘s scenes in Transformers: Dark of the Moon — though brief in the context of a nearly 150-minute film — were rather interminable and worse, entirely unnecessary; there might be more on the way. According to THR, Chang’s reunited with Michael Bay on his currently-shooting Pain and Gain in the role of Johnny Wu, which I can only imagine being rooted in some mildly offensive “ethnic humor.” Try and argue against that prediction.

Let’s cover something that’s less of a nuisance. Following up our first looks at Mark Wahlberg and Rob Corddry on the Miami set, StarPulse (via LatinoReview) have picked up some shots of the former, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie. It’s not a lot to see — just some standing around in gym-like attire — but I still take it as an amazing reminder that Bay‘s actually shooting this thing.

See them below:

Also starring Tony Shalhoub, »

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Casting Net: Nicole Kidman may channel Princess Grace; 'Community' star Ken Jeong in for 'Pain'

5 April 2012 7:33 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

• Nicole Kidman may play literal Hollywood royalty, as she is in talks for the role of Princess Grace of Monaco in Grace of Monaco, directed by La Vie En Rose helmer Oliver Dahan. The project, produced by Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, has been likened to The King’s Speech (albeit with far less stuttering). [THR]

• Not much is being revealed about the character that Community’s Ken Jeong will play in the upcoming Michael Bay film, Pain and Gain, about a group of bodybuilders who run an extortion ring. But chances are it’s not a deadpan ob/gyn. He’s reteaming »

- Laura Hertzfeld

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Ken Jeong to Join Michael Bay’s Pain And Gain

5 April 2012 6:43 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

After starring in Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Ken Jeong will be reuniting with the director for his upcoming true crime drama, Pain and Gain.  You might be most familiar with Jeong from his role as Mr. Chow in The Hangover or as Señor Chang in NBC's Community.  In Bay's last film, he played a character named Jerry Wang. THR reports that Jeong will be keeping with the naming theme as he will be playing Johnny Wu; few other details are available for his character at the moment.  Pain and Gain, a long-gestating passion project for Bay, tells the story of the Sun Gym gang, a group of Miami bodybuilders whose extortion scheme went terribly awry.  Since the film just began shooting recently in Miami, we posted some new images of stars Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg. A dark comedy, Pain and Gain also stars Ed Harris, »

- Dave Trumbore

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Ken Jeong Finds Pain and Gain

5 April 2012 | | See recent news »

Ken Jeong is set to re-team with his Transformers: Dark of the Moon director Michael Bay for the upcoming Pain and Gain , says a story at The Hollywood Reporter . He'll play a character by the name of Johnny Wu. The Paramount Pictures project stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris, Bar Paly, Rob Corddry, Tony Shalhoub, Bar Paly and Rebel Wilson. Based on a true story, the film follows a group of bodybuilders who engaged in a campaign of kidnapping, extortion and murder in Florida. Jeong is best known for his role in both installments of The Hangover and as Senor Chang on NBC's "Community," currently airing its third season Thursday nights at 8pm Est/Pt. (Photo Credit: Apega / »

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