From acclaimed filmmaker Michael Bay comes the unbelievable true crime film Pain & Gain. Based on true events reported by Pete Collins in a 1999 series of Miami New Times articles and later compiled in his 2013 book Pain & Gain: This is a True Story, it details the a group of personal trainers who get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes horribly wrong. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Rebel Wilson, Ken Jeong and Bar Paly.
Set in 1990s Miami, recently released convict Daniel Lugo gets hired by Sun Gym owner John Mese to help increase membership. Within weeks he triples the membership and becomes the personal trainer for Victor Kershaw, a wealthy criminal. Inspired by motivational speaker Johnny Wu, Lugo recruits two other bodybuilders, Adrian Doorbal and Paul Doyle, to kidnap and extort Kershaw for his assets. Although the plan is successful, the first of many problems lead to the ultimate demise of the “Sun Gym gang.” Kershaw is able to identify Lugo by his distinct cologne and after the gang forces him to transfer all his assets, they realize they have to kill him. At first they try to make it look like a drunken accident, however Kershaw survives the crash. Then they set Kershaw and the car ablaze, but somehow he escapes. Refusing to die, the gang runs him over and leaves him for dead.
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Unbeknownst to the gang -- who are too busy enjoying their newfound American dream riches, Kershaw survives and goes into hiding after the police does not believe his bizarre tale. Squandering all the money, the Sun Gym gang soon find themselves in need of a new target, phone sex business owner Frank Griga and his girlfriend Krisztina Furton. However things horribly wrong, even worse than with Kershaw. They accidentally kill Griga and Furton before they can extort any money. After dumping their bodies, the police become suspicious of the couple’s disappearance. With the help of evidence from private investigator Ed Du Bois, who was hired by Kershaw, the members of the Sun Gym gang are arrested and brought to justice.
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- Mark Wahlberg as Daniel Lugo
- Dwayne Johnson as Paul Doyle
- Anthony Mackie as Adrian "Noel" Doorbal
- Tony Shalhoub as Victor Kershaw
- Ed Harris as Det. Ed Du Bois, III
- Rob Corddry as John Mese
- Rebel Wilson as Robin Peck
- Ken Jeong as Johnny Wu
- Bar Paly as Sorina Luminita
- Michael Rispoli as Frank Griga
- Keili Lefkowitz as Krisztina Furton
- Tony Plana as Captain Lopez
- Emily Rutherfurd as Cynthia "Cissy" Du Bois
- Larry Hankin as Pastor Randy
- Peter Stormare as Dr. Bjornson
- Brian Stepanek as Brad McCallister
- Kurt Angle as Prison inmate
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