Pain & Gain
Pain & Gain is a 2013 American action comedy film directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie. It is based on the activities of the Sun Gym gang, a group of ex-convicts and bodybuilders convicted of kidnapping, extortion, torture, and murder in Miami in the mid-1990s. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely's screenplay is adapted from a 1999 series of Miami New Times articles by Pete Collins, which were compiled in the book Pain & Gain: This Is a True Story, released concurrently with the film. The film's title is a play on a common adage frequently used in fitness: "No pain, no gain".
In 1994, ex-con and bodybuilder Daniel Lugo is hired by Sun Gym owner John Mese as a manager. Lugo befriends trainer and bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal, rendered impotent from steroids. He envies the earnings and lifestyle of Victor Kershaw, a member he begins to train. Inspired to be a "doer" by a motivational speaker, Lugo plans to extort Kershaw for his assets. He recruits Doorbal and manipulates Paul Doyle, another ex-con and born again-Christian struggling with drug use, into blindly playing along.
|Christopher Markus Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely Stephen McFeely
|Miami Miami metropolitan area The Bahamas
|Joel Negron Thomas A. Muldoon
|Anthony Mackie Dwayne Johnson Mark Wahlberg
|action comedy crime
|arrest bodybuilder church collect discover drive drug trafficking drug use drunk driving extort gang member impotency impotent kidnap kill motivational speaker notarize notary public phone sex police arrest private investigator retire run serve south american speedboat stolen money struggle traffic tranquilizer under duress
|Donald De Line Ian Bryce Michael Bay
|De Line Pictures
|action comedy black comedy crime comedy religion