When we first heard about "Pain & Gain," it didn't sound like the usual Michael Bay movie. For one thing, it's the director's lowest budget production since his feature debut. For another, it's based on a true story of a kidnapping plot, so it seemed more like a crime drama without room for massive explosions, giant robots, or demolition missions into outer space (i.e. the sort of stuff we expect from Bay at this point).

Now that it's hitting theaters it does tonally and thematically appear to fit Bay's oeuvre, but it is certainly a smaller movie for the director of such epic blockbusters as "Armageddon," "Pearl Harbor," and "Transformers." Occasionally we see such surprising turns from filmmakers, and below we've highlighted a number of these directors and the unexpected directions they once took.

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