After heeding Du Bois's advice to split Miami, Schiller hired the private investigator to go after the gang. Du Bois, who was initially skeptical of the outlandish tale, quickly realized Schiller was telling the truth. He collected reams of evidence and went to the Miami-Dade Police. Despite all the leads, though, the cops dropped the case — at least until the Sun Gym Gang killed again. Du Bois later testified about his role in the case during Lugo's and Doorbal's trials.

Current status: Still pounding the private-eye beat

When Lugo, Doorbal, Delgado, and nine accomplices were arrested, Du Bois pitched author Collins the idea of writing a book about the Sun Gym Gang. Collins took on the assignment, but even with the story published in New Times, a deal never materialized. Then in 2012, Du Bois received a call from Collins that Bay was going to make Pain & Gain.

Adrian Doorbal was a Caribbean Adonis when he was busted for murder. Today, he's a bald death-row inmate who likes to seek out online pen pals.
Metro Dade Corrections / Florida Department of Corrections
Adrian Doorbal was a Caribbean Adonis when he was busted for murder. Today, he's a bald death-row inmate who likes to seek out online pen pals.
Daniel Lugo was the mastermind of the Sun Gym Gang. He'll die by lethal injection if the U.S. Supreme Court denies his final appeal.
Metro Dade Corrections / Florida Department of Corrections
Daniel Lugo was the mastermind of the Sun Gym Gang. He'll die by lethal injection if the U.S. Supreme Court denies his final appeal.

"I was just glad that someone was finally doing it," he affirms.

Du Bois hasn't read the script, but he has a cameo role. "I know as much about as it as you do," Du Bois says.

The P.I. got to reconnect with his former client when shooting began in mid-2012. Du Bois and Schiller had not seen each other since the latter went to prison in 1999, but they reignited their friendship when the movie's producers asked his help in tracking Marc down. "He's a hero," Du Bois says of Schiller. "He took the stand against these demons after everything they put him through."

The 66-year-old Du Bois has no plans to retire. He is still the NFL's investigator and security consultant. With his agency, he runs everything from run-of-the-mill tails on philandering spouses to sophisticated investigations into white-collar crimes.

And to unwind, the private eye pens his own blues music. With all the hype around the film, Du Bois wanted to leave his mark on the twisted tale. So he composed "Pain & Gain — Retribution Song." He played a rough cut for Clay Ostwald, a former Miami Sound Machine musician, and Tommy Anthony, a guitarist for Santana. "Both of them loved it and joined me on the final recording," says Du Bois, who's selling the cut on iTunes and CD Baby.


Name: Pete Collins

Played by: Not in the movie but gets an onscreen credit for writing the tale

Real-life role: Former Miami New Times writer who penned the Sun Gym Gang's story

Collins was out on his daily jog one morning in Miami Shores when Du Bois stopped him. "Pete, I got this great idea for a story," Du Bois recollects.

It didn't hurt that after leaving New Times in 1990, Collins had entered a master's degree writing program and was looking for a thesis. The two men agreed to collaborate. For about a year-and-a-half before the trial began, Collins banged out drafts based on reams of court documents. Collins later pitched the tale as a 30,000-word story to New Times editors, who bought it.

"The reason some publishers and producers initially hesitated was because they thought the story lacked a true hero," Collins says. "People died, and the story ended tragically — not your typical happy Hollywood ending."

Current status: Collins resides in Orlando, where he is finishing his book on the Sun Gym Gang.

One year after his feature was published in New Times, Collins negotiated a deal with Paramount Pictures. "It was Michael [Bay] who saw the Fargo and Pulp Fiction-esque qualities of the tale," Collins says. "I didn't quite believe it until I saw the headline in Variety magazine announcing Paramount purchased my story."

But rather than make the quirky comedy, the studio wanted Bay to concentrate on blockbusters like the Transformers franchise. So the director blackmailed Paramount. "Michael worked out a deal with Paramount that he would do this before he did another Transformers film," Ian Bryce, one of the film's two producers, told New Times in April 2012.

In early 2012, Collins got a call from the other producer, Donald De Line. The writer landed a contract as a consultant to the screenwriting team. Collins was invited on set and talked to actors about their characters. His name is plastered on movie posters.

Today, Collins is wrapping up his e­book and working on two other projects, about another Miami true crime story and a memoir on growing up in '60s Dade. "I haven't seen the movie yet," Collins says. "But I can tell you it was a real thrill to be on the set of a major Hollywood movie that I wrote, filmed within blocks of my childhood home in El Portal. That was surreal."

Place: Sun Gym, 6135 NW 167th St., Ste. 14, Miami Lakes

Depicted by: A big-windowed building at NE 79th Street and Biscayne Boulevard, Miami

Key description: "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. Sun Gym's favored lads were thick and ripped. This was not a place for weekend warriors."

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jakobclark4
jakobclark4

and just saying if you have read all the articles lugo and doorbal are reformed and luck is most likely to be released soon due to the fact there was a jury error in his trial but unless doorbal gets governors pardon he dead

jakobclark4
jakobclark4

What lugo did was wrong but can be justified by the fact that he was a brilliant psychopath who was a creature of habit that coraled others into a group for their own survival people like them are what makes people like us stronger and yet we lock them up and kill them or put them in mental institutions

danielavideo
danielavideo

That was before they figured out that he was doing the same damn thing his kid nappers did.Sorry but I have a hard time believing this meat head master planned this... Only a banker or cpa can come up with this shit. he was definitely the one behind this. somewhere along the line Someone said let's kill him and take all his money and not give him any of his cut. come on please his life insurance policy?

danielavideo
danielavideo

Lol see little boys and girls... This is what happens when you take juice! You become a retard.

plome346
plome346

I dont think your are right I read all the story and I lugo should be set free !

arkiel
arkiel

I'd like to know what happened to that shitheel SID detective who thought the poor guy was full of it. That jackass has the blood of two people on his hands.

jpoppiti
jpoppiti

It's disgraceful that the two disgraceful animals are still on death row. They should be killed...today.

lordofgamas
lordofgamas

It pisses me off that someone made this movie into a comedy. This is something an amazing, serious crime thriller would be like, but now I get to see Michael Bay botch something that's incredibly morbid and still fresh in a lot of people's minds.

Disgraceful. 

mondaydecember
mondaydecember

I read the whole story, and I'd like to dump a bucket of waste on the heads of the cops who laughed off Schiller's story. I'm sure they belong to a public sector employee union and have received their raises and promotions on schedule, though. Ed Petow, Jim Maier, Iris Deegan, Fred Taylor, Pete Cuccaro -- frickin' idiots. And was that bimbo Sabina deported? She was an illegal alien for chrissake.

jkorn_jk
jkorn_jk

I cant believe I knew these guys 

jkorn_jk
jkorn_jk

I remember going there to apply for a job , very seedy place at the time and coundt trust lugos attitude and the test he was trying to sell me , so i left

jkorn_jk
jkorn_jk

I cant believe there glory fying these murderers assholes I met lugo many years ago in florida at the gym  and doorbel I cant wiat til they get the injection

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

"As he left the courthouse, Schiller was arrested by federal agents on charges of orchestrating a Medicare billing scheme through his nutritional companies.

Current status: Employed as an accountant..."

Who would employ this one as an accountant ? Certainly isn't a CPA, not with a record for Medicare fraud.

thebulldog
thebulldog

who made the original signs for sun gym?

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

i gotta see this movie, i remember sun gym some what and doorbal used to go to a niteclub in miami lakes back in the day

genera13
genera13

@jakobclark4  You are just as sick as they are. you should be locked up in a mental institution. Stupid people like you should not breed!

davebward65
davebward65

Man....you are really really brain dead. fIf that's how you really process information, then please please don't have any children. Because you literally are dumber than Lugo and his gang. Your mother must have taken really bad drugs while pregnant with you.

davebward65
davebward65

Then you should take the chair in his place. Because as dumb as you two are, we don't need either of you swimming in the gene pool. No what i be saying thug boy?

plome346
plome346

I think they should let lugo free

Jgomez
Jgomez

@jpoppiti 

I agree, they should have been put down long time ago. The torture they put Mr. Schiller thru is unbelievable.

mary
mary

@lordofgamas Not to mention, they don't have all the correct facts or all of the people involved.


perretti15312
perretti15312

Wow, i know its crazy. You never know about people.

starofhopeinc
starofhopeinc

@jgcamp99 

If he really did what they said he did, They prosecutor and police had much incentive to make him look bad. Evidence against Schiller was Delgado, they guy who insisted they murder him.

danielavideo
danielavideo

That was before they figured out that he was doing the same damn thing his kid nappers did.

Sorry but I have a hard time believing this meat head master planned this... Only a banker or cpa can come up with this shit. he was definitely the one behind this. somewhere along the line Someone said let's kill him and take all his money and not give him any of his cut. come on please is life insurance policy?

starofhopeinc
starofhopeinc

@jgcamp99 You can't judge you don't know the entire story. There are factual errors in this article

Boucho
Boucho

@Donnie Donnie where was sun gym? which part of miami?


lkaliflower21
lkaliflower21

Why???? He chopped people heads, feet and hanfs off and barbecued them...thats sick

jpoppiti
jpoppiti

Why? I am sure you'd feel differently if a family member of yours was kidnapped and/or killed by lugo and his crew? Lugo definitely should not be released. LIFO should be executed.

ygagdfgf
ygagdfgf

@Jgomez @jpoppiti  no doubt what they did was horrible, but does that justify you to call them animals

lkaliflower21
lkaliflower21

I wish thoght the story all the way true...that foul had a wife and the other one didnt

Reddragonk
Reddragonk

@jpoppiti you are offending the animals. animals kill with the purpose of survival..this was for pleasure which only humans do...just look around,,,of curse that was sarcasm ..in general whoever is found guilty on a crime and sentenced to death should be done quickly not letting then live for a lot of more years..Death sentences should be executed immediately after being found guilty.. 

jpoppiti
jpoppiti

Damn right it does. They kidnapped three people, and killed two of them. They are animals and should be executed.

starofhopeinc
starofhopeinc

@Jimbo99 @starofhopeinc 

Do you not realize they used Delgado to frame Schiller because they had blood on their hands. They only gave Delgado 15 years, they created a story that Schiller was dirty as an excuse for not investigating. You don't understand how our system works

 
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