What happens when a group of bodybuilders bungle an attempted kidnapping? ‘Pain and Gain’ by director Michael Bay stars Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
Talking about why he was so keen to make the film, Mark Wahlberg said: “Any time for me, for my own selfish reasons, that I get to play a character that’s so outlandish and over the top, it’s a thrill for me. I try to play as many different roles as possible. But this one, it’s got a lot of meat to it. The fact that you’re seeing the story told and you’re actually inside the mind of these criminals. It was so outrageous. It was a lot of fun to play the part.”
He readily admits that the bodybuilders are however criminals: “Oh absolutely. If you’re on death row, you’re a criminal – obviously if you’re not wrongfully convicted. But I know these guys were caught for what they did and they paid the price for trying to shortcut their way to the American dream. But it just spiraled out of control.”