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CAPTAIN AMERICA writer compares Michael Bay's PAIN AND GAIN to FARGO

Writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus have been doing press for the release of Captain America; The First Avenger on Blu-ray and DVD. During the interview they shared their thoughts on Michael Bay's next directing gig Pain and Gain, which the duo wrote about a real-life crime. The story is based on "an article in the Miami New Times about the real-life extortion ring and a kidnapping plot that goes horribly awry, hatched by a couple of Floridian bodybuilders." 

McFeely stated that the film's tone will be a mix of dark and comedic.

“It’s ‘Fargo,’ you know? What William Macy does in ‘Fargo’ is sort of dark – on its face, he hires people to kidnap his wife. So there’s a way you can treat these things.” 

Markus added that despite the characters committing terrible crimes, there is some moral footing.

“Your main characters are not your moral center,” he revealed. “We didn’t undarken what happens - that’s pretty much accurate. But it becomes very obvious that it’s wrong. In a weird way, morality just sort of finds its own level, because what the people are doing is so explicitly wrong that right becomes almost clearer.”

McFeely goes on to say:

“It’s a dance, because you’re rooting for them to get caught, but we couldn’t make them un-understandably evil. So the challenge is maybe to more figure out why these guys, why this series of crimes, made sense to these guys, and why they would do it. And then, you don’t want them to succeed, but we get why they do it.”


I loved Fargo and think that the idea of this story sounds pretty cool. I have always enjoyed dark comedies, and would love to see Bay direct something other than a blockbuster. What are your thoughts?

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