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PAIN & GAIN Ė REALLY

What do Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie have in common (apart from being actors)? Nothing. But as Daniel, Paul and Adrian, they have one strong bond Ė they are all Florida bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping that goes south. And thatís not South with a capital S. And itís true. And itís bulging with brawn. Andrew L. Urban reports. (Pain & Gain opens August 8, 2013)

Pain & Gain, directed by Michael Bay, a filmmaker who is himself a cinematic bodybuilder, enlarging movie muscles, is the story of three blokey blokes (dumb, dumber, dumbest) who bungle their way into a kidnapping of a really obnoxious millionaire, Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub), and force him to sign over his wealth to them. Easier said than done, especially for these bozos.

Based on the true story documented by a series of 1999 Miami News Times articles, about Daniel Lugo (Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (Johnson).

The cast list includes the funny Aussie Rebel Wilson, the funny (American born) Korean Ken Jeong and that reliable Peter Stormare.

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