Based on true events, Pain & Gain tells the story of the “Sun Gym Gang,” a trio of bodybuilders involved in a 1999 kidnapping and extortion plot that went horribly wrong. Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) started lifting weights in order to improve himself, but now finds that better muscles don’t translate into a better job. Tired of being poor, Daniel recruits fellow gym member Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and recently released ex-con Paul Doyle (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) into a scheme that will make them all rich. Daniel plans to kidnap Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub), a rich and spoiled member of Sun Gym, and extort his fortune through threats of torture. However, the gang’s plan soon goes awry. Although the trio successfully steals the millionaire’s assets, Kershaw survives their assassination attempt and hires detective Ed Du Bois (Ed Harris) to hunt down the gang and bring them to justice. Daniel, Adrian, and Paul soon find their lives crashing down around them as they dodge both Du Bois and the Miami Police in order to escape with the money.
Pain & Gain was written around a 1999 series of articles that was published in the Miami Times by investigative journalist Pete Collins, giving this Michael Bay film a strong grounding in reality. Both Daniel Lugo and Adrian Doorbal currently sit on death row for their participation in the plot. With a budget of $25 million, Pain & Gain is Michael Bay’s least expensive film since his feature debut, Bad Boys.
Written for the screen by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and directed by Michael Bay, this Paramount Pictures action film will be release on April 26, 2013. Pain & Gain also stars Rob Corrdry, Bar Paly, Rebel Wilson, Ken Jeong, and Yolanthe Cabau.