Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson star in the new red band Pain and Gain trailer

Mark Wahlberg in Pain and Gain

I’ve consistently made fun of Mark Wahlberg since his ‘Good Vibrations’ days, but I have to sheepishly admit that I’m starting to come around.  Sure, he still can’t deliver serious or intimidating lines without making me laugh (see BROKEN CITY for reference), but when he’s intentionally funny, I actually like him.  TED was great and the trailers for PAIN AND GAIN look like a lot of fun.  It’s almost insulting to Mark Wahlberg, but it looks like what Michael Bay did was just ask him to be play his usual serious character, but gave him funny lines to deliver.  This is really the role Mark Wahlberg has been waiting to play.  The film opens in a month and if you’re old enough, check out the red band trailer below.

Directed by Michael Bay, PAIN & GAIN stars: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Rebel Wilson, Ed Harris, Ken Jeong, Rob Corddry and Tony Shalhoub. PAIN & GAIN opens in theaters on April 26th, 2013.

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