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Michael Bay's Pain & Gain: The Florida Chainsaw Murders With Hot Babes (Video)

The longest series Miami New Times has run during my 14 years here is Pain & Gain, a Pulp Fiction like story about crazy weightlifters who couldn't even get it right when they cut up bodies and dumped them in the Everglades.

I spent the last few weeks tracking down those involved in the story (two are on death row so couldn't speak) and hanging around the set. It;s a fascinating place filled with good looking extras, high powered and occasionally neurotic movie people and, of course, the writer, Pete Collins -- who likes to play naked golf and got fired after urinating on my predecessor's spotless ride.

I've got a column this week about life on the set and the backstory behind the blockbuster. After the jump, check out some video of Pete failing to seduce some hot young extras.

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Chuck Strouse is the former editor in chief of Miami New Times. He has shared two Pulitzer Prizes and won dozens of other awards. He is an honors graduate of Brown University and has worked at newspapers including the Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times.
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