*Anthony Mackie’s body may be on swole in the new movie “Pain & Gain,” but his character has one tiny little problem.
Make that two tiny little problems.
The actor, 34, plays Adrian Doorbal, a bodybuilder who works out at Miami’s Sun Gym with his friend Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg). Tired of being broke, Lugo comes up with a plan to kidnap and extort money from Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub), a rich businessman who also works out at the gym. The plan is to torture Victor until he gives up the money – so they recruit recently-released criminal Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson), who gets Kershaw to sign over his finances. But when their attempt to murder Kershaw doesn’t quite work, the businessman hires private eye Ed Du Bois (Ed Harris) to hunt the “Sun Gym Gang” down.
The most absurd thing about this plot is that it’s based on a true story.
Meanwhile, Adrian’s “little” problem has to do with the side effects of his steroid injections. (Its affect on brain function may explain his belief that their scheme will actually work.)
For Adrian, however, it’s that other, below-the-belt side effect that has him concerned. See below.