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Exclusive photos: Pain & Gain feels the burn

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Muscle madness

SheKnows brings you exclusive new photos from the set of Pain & Gain, the ripped-from-the-headlines new film starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson that’s sure to pump you up.
Muscle madness â€‹Photo credit: Mark Fellman/Paramount Pictures

Based on the true story of body building thugs Daniel Lugo and Adrian Dorbal, the “Sun Gym Gang” ravaged several Miami victims in the late 1990s. The real-life former gym rats currently sit on Florida’s death row, desperately hoping to avoid execution.

Pain & Gain tells the tale of how they got there. Mark Wahlberg plays Lugo, the bold mastermind behind the Sun Gym Gang who is discontented with his life. He wears sweatpants to work and is embarrassed by his low tax bracket. Yearning for the easy life, Lugo dreams up a scheme to kidnap a wealthy businessman named Victor Kershaw, played by Tony Shalhoub. Lugo thinks he's out to grasp the American dream — in reality, a nightmare awaits.

Muscle madnessPhoto credit: Mark Fellman/Paramount Pictures

Lugo enlists help from fellow Muscle Milk-slurping friends Dorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-con Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson). Together, they successfully extort money from Kershaw and others by means of torture. But this crime film isn’t all “pain” — it has a darkly comedic edge to it as well.

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Muscle madnessPhoto credit: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Funny-bunny Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids) plays Ramona Eldridge, a nurse who feels free to express her naughty thoughts to her patients. Ed Harris plays Miami detective Ed Du Bois and Dutch actress Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau plays Annalee, Daniel Lugo’s girlfriend.

Muscle madnessPhoto credit: Robert Zuckerman/Paramount

Director Michael Bay, best known for the Transformers franchise, goes in a different direction with this movie, given that it is based on real events and a pitch-black comedy, so we’re curious to see how he transitions into this new genre.

Muscle madnessPhoto credit: Jaimie Trueblood/Paramount Pictures

Pain & Gain hits the gym on April 26, so check back for our juiced-up review!

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