Off-shore bank accounts, a Hialeah hostage, and 60-inch biceps -- three critical components of a botched, mid-90s plan to swindle millions from a successful Miami accountant.
When "Pain and Gain", Pete Collins's three-part crime feature, ran in New Times, the story's underlying elements immediately triggered images best suited for a comedic, Michael Bay action flick. Turns out Michael Bay thought so too.
We reported yesterday on Riptide that Bay was in talks with Dwayne Johnson to start in the big-screen adaptation the Pain and Gain. Can't help but wonder if they'll invite New Times staffers to the premier?
The story's based on the infamously feebleminded Sun Gym gang, a group of Miami-area knuckleheads who kidnapped and robbed Marc Schiller. Schiller, a wealthy businessman at the time, was left for dead near the Hialeah warehouse where his captors tortured him for nearly a month.
David Lugo, the mastermind behind the foiled plan, was eventually tracked down by a private-eye hired by Schiller. The result: the ultimate na-na-na-boo-boo.
We're guessing Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson would play Lugo in the film, a role he'd have little trouble filling. His intimidating physique and ability to be incredibly goofy at the same time fits Lugo's character description perfectly.
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Sadly, "Marky" Mark Wahlberg passed on the project. Now the question is who'll play Marc Schiller.
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