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Pain & Gain by Pete CollinsRead the book that inspired the hilarious, dark and pumped-up major motion picture PAIN & GAIN from acclaimed director Michael Bay, starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson.
Personal trainers Daniel Lugo and Noel Adrian Doorbal just wanted to be the biggest pumped up guys in the infamous Miami Sun Gym. That was until one of their rich clients flashed their cash and Daniel and Noel knew it was too tempting to pass up. Tempting to get some cold cash as easy as you please—a fail proof extortion con that should have made them rich. The Sun Gym Gang’s extortion scheme gets out of control and leads to kidnap, torture, staging a car crash and the murder of a Golden Beach millionaire and his trophy girlfriend.
All the while these two meatheads are driving around in the recently deceased millionaire’s sunny Lamborghini under the nose of the Miami-Dade County police.
What would it take to bring these juiced up fools to justice? Read the true account of the reporter who cracked this case wide open—Pain & Gain.
Pain & Gain
Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. In the summer of , the Sun Gym featured a juice bar; aerobic workouts; free-weights; Hammer, Nautilus, and Cam machines; even baby-sitting services; and on the sly, a variety of illegal steroids available in the locker room. Just north of Miami Lakes, Sun Gym was a serious bodybuilder's hangout, run under the watchful eye of Daniel Lugo, its charismatic, fast-talking manager. Anyone could join, of course, but if you were soft and puffy, you were way out of your league here.
The film's true-life elements have come under fire for being insensitive, inaccurate portrayals of the harrowing story they represent. The incidents also became the subject of a memoir written by Marc Schiller, one of the Sun Gym Gang's surviving victims. Schiller's book was released in January, well after the movie had wrapped production. Since gaining momentum following the release of the film's trailer in December, several people have come forward to speak out about what they say is a crass depiction of the very real torture endured by the victims. Schiller renamed Victor Kershaw in the movie and portrayed by Tony Shalhoub was kidnapped after one of the gang's two ringleaders, con artist Daniel Lugo played by Mark Wahlberg , falsely convinced him that one of Schiller's colleagues had stolen money from him.
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Sign in. A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. He would like to have the money that other people have. Their kidnapping and extortion scheme goes terribly wrong since they have muscles for brains and they're left to haphazardly try to hold onto the elusive American dream. Based on a real life story that took place in Miami during the late s, Donald Lugo and Paul Doyle are two successful, yet cash strapped body builders who want to get out of the grind and get the wealth they feel they deserve. Doyle is a born again fundamentalist Christian who just got out of serving 10 years in prison.
This surprised the Buenos Aires-born businessman as he was the victim in the true-life story of kidnapping, torture, extortion and, ultimately, redemption upon which the film is based. Instead, the film has been loosely based on a series of articles that ran in The Miami New Times in , which detailed the crimes of The Sun Gym Gang, a group of recidivist body builders who connected through a love of hard workouts and easy money. The gang conspired to kidnap Schiller, a former business partner of one of the men, force him to sign over his life and then kill him. Daniel Lugo, played by Wahlberg, was the conniving leader and according to Schiller a "lethal manipulator", while in the film he is nothing more than a vehicle for Wahlberg's now trademark brand of comedic tough guy. He almost had a neon sign on his forehead that said: 'Don't Trust Me. You never knew which Lugo you were dealing with.
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