Anytime you can’t tell whether a trailer is for a real movie or a parodic lark, it reaffirms the need to give it a second or third look. That’s priceless for a lower budget movie based off an internet meme.

Bad Ass, a totally real, actual movie, stars Danny Trejo as a bearded man riding a bus who is set upon by local street toughs. When video of him taking their asses out to the curb goes viral, he becomes a crime fighter. It’s based, of course, on Epic Beard Man – an Oakland bus rider who encountered the exact situation (including delivering a whooping and becoming a viral video star).

So, why not watch the trailer and the original viral video together? Check it out for yourself, and start growing a beard for justice.

Aw, man. He’s leakin’.

As you can tell, the character has been changed from a white man into the brilliant/insane force that is Trejo, while the attacker has been changed from an angry young black man to a crew of bald, Caucasian thugs. I eagerly await the reverse-white-washing controversy to explode any minute now. Any. Minute. Now.

Nonsense aside, this looks like low budget beauty that will, most likely, be a terrible movie with a few great fights and dialogue that makes everyone sad forever. Don’t believe me? It was written and directed by Craig Moss, the mind behind The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It. Granted, he could come out of his shell with this one, but everything else points toward the contrary. Even the trailer skirts the line between needing either an Asylum or a Funny or Die logo at the end.

Would you see it?


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