Vince Vaughn’s goofy photos promote ‘unfinished business’

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Actors Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson are here for “Unfinished Business” – and all your photo needs.

To promote the new movie “Unfinished Business,” Vince Vaughn and other cast members posed for file photos. This one is captioned, “Portrait of a handsome business leader crossing his arms with his team standing behind him.”iStockPhoto/GettyImages

Media, corporations, advertisers and websites often turn to stock photos – staged, royalty-free photos of anonymous people and/or objects in everyday situations – when better visual alternatives and more expensive are not available.

But in a fit of marketing genius, the promotional team behind the film “Unfinished Business” decided it was time to give some star power to these images, which often come across as goofy, stilted and haphazard.

Actors Dave Franco, center, and Vince Vaughn, right, play Mike Pancake and Dan Trunkman in the film "Unfinished." This image is part of a free, limited series of stock images promoting the film.
Actors Dave Franco, center, and Vince Vaughn, right, play Mike Pancake and Dan Trunkman in the movie ‘Unfinished Business.’ This image is part of a free, limited series of stock images promoting the film.iStockPhoto/GettyImages

Even the captions seem to be part of the joke. Vaughn is described in a file photo as a “handsome business leader crossing his arms with his team standing behind him.” Another features Wilkinson and Franco among a group of workers “savoring victory against a white background”.

Tom Wilkinson, second from left, joins Dave Franco, far right, in this business-focused celebratory stock photo to promote their film, "Unfinished."
Tom Wilkinson, second from left, joins Dave Franco, far right, in this business-focused file photo to promote their film, ‘Unfinished Business’.iStockPhoto/Getty Images

To put it another way, “Unfinished Business” hopes you buy what Franco sells.

Dave Franco hosts a boardroom presentation in one of many file photos promoting his film "Unfinished."
Dave Franco stages a boardroom presentation in one of many archive photos promoting his film ‘Unfinished Business.’iStockPhotos/Getty Images

As for the film itself, “Unfinished Business” follows Dan Truckman (Vaughn) and his misfit employees Timothy McWinters (Wilkinson) and Mike Pancake (Franco) as they attempt to strike an international deal that would save them from bankruptcy.

“Unfinished Business” opens March 6, but the appreciation for these archival photos should last a lifetime.

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