Crime victims incensed about Pain and Gain

The comedy crime film by Transformers director Michael Bay, Pain & Gain, is based on the 1999 three-part Miami New Times article written by Pete Collins. Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie star as Florida bodybuilders belonging to the Sun Gym Gang – who take part in a kidnapping scheme that goes horribly wrong as their criminal acts lead to murder. The film has not yet been released, but it has caught the attention of the family members of the victims and they’re incensed about the movie’s comedic portrayal of the crimes. Zsuzsanna Griga, whose brother and girlfriend were murdered by the gang, told the Miami Herald the movie was “ridiculous,” adding, “It’s horrible what happened to them… I don’t want the American public to be sympathetic to the killers.” Felix Jimenez, a retired Miami-Dade police sergeant, told the Associated Press, “You’re talking about real people. And in this particular case, especially when you’re talking about the murder victims, these were innocent victims.” Pain & Gain hits theaters on April 26. ~E .Guevarra

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  1. Meow Meow • April 7, 2013 @ 2:13 PM

    Couldn’t it be said of all movies of this nature at one time or another the story is ripped from the headlines.. But there is a disclaimer at the end of the movie “blah blah fictional blah blah coincidental of living or dead blah blah” As long as the real names are not used… There are way more crazier pictures out there. How come no one says anything of them? Hypocriters

  2. NoT ReQUiRED • April 7, 2013 @ 9:15 PM

    this movie looks awesome, and i cant wait to watch it

  3. Nobody Important • April 7, 2013 @ 9:39 PM

    That’s true Meow Meow but sadly they are promoting this as “based on a true story”.

  4. Bri • April 8, 2013 @ 10:14 AM

    I think it starts from when the movie was approved. Would the production company be considerate enough to ask the victim’s family members? Shouldn’t they have their two cents heard then before they begin filming? Why say something AFTER? geez

  5. C-Dub • April 8, 2013 @ 3:59 PM

    i want to see it. but ya, without the movie being released yet, is the family jumping the gun a little? did they pre-screen it? did they get interviewed? is something missing here or due-diligence should have been done to avoid the studio getting sued?

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