Paramount Pictures’ Pain & Gain is hilarious but powerful, based on a true story it arrives in theaters April 26, 2013
*”It was all MichaelBay,” said Anthony Mackie who stars, along with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Mark Wahlberg, in the Paramount Pictures release of Pain & Gain – a true story of kidnapping, extortion and attempted murder. “I met him at a pre Oscar party chilling and he said, ‘You’re really funny.’…so (for this movie) he called me.”
Mackie stars as Adrian Doorbal who, along with Daniel Lugo (Wahlberg) and recently released criminal Paul Doyle (The Rock), conspired to extort money from patrons of the fitness club – Sun Gym. Lugo and Doorbal worked there, Lugo was the manager. Tired of being with limited funds together they conspired to steal the wealth of a rich, but spoiled, businessman – a member of the club.
The film comes off very hilarious, but in fact those very funny moments are all true. Victor Kershaw, played by Tony Shalhoub, is the spoiled successful accountant who was kidnapped, tortured and almost murder by the fumbling criminals. Their mindless decisions made the film a comedy – the truth of the story made it dark. Knowing the actions caused by the three body builders were true brought seriousness to the project, a very powerful genuineness.
“He had more hair,” Anthony laughed when I commented that he looked a little like the real Adrian Doorbal. “I did as much as I could (getting to know the character) by reading ever word written about him. I didn’t want to meet him…a guy on death row. I heard in court they were waiting on him and he was in the bathroom having sex with a Para-legal.”
They were eventually caught by private investigator Ed DuBois, played by Ed Harris, who was hired by Victor after the police department refused to investigate, because they didn’t believe his tale of kidnapping, extortion and attempted murder – so he went looking for private help.
Lugo and Doorbal both received death sentences. They kidnapped and held Tony for a month until he signed over all his money and everything he owned. So with no money and no home Shalhoub hired Private Investigator Ed DuBois, who brought “The Sun Gym Gang” to justice.
“This is my first time working on a comedy,” said Anthony Mackie who starts shooting Captain America 2 this week. “But the movie was so ridiculous. The film diffidently really shows us the demise of the American dream. People…worked to achieve more, but today people work less to achieve more.” Mackie is also about to star in a film project he co-wrote titled Scout, about two scouts in Iraq with post-traumatic stress syndrome.
Pain & Gain is written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely based on the book, Pain & Gain by Pete Collins. Produced by MichaelBay, Ian Bryce and Donald De Line, the De Line Picture, Platinum Dunes Production is Rated-R and will arrive in theaters April 26, 2013.
Lynn Whitfield stars in the stirring dramatic film King’s Faith, arrives in theaters April 26, 2013
*Faith Street Film Partners and Waking Giants Entertainment Group’s film project “King’s Faith” is due for theatrical release April 26, 2013 and stars Emmy Award winning Lynn Whitfield (“Josephine Baker Story”), Kayla Compton (“Entourage”), Crawford Wilson (“Judging Amy”), and James McDaniel (“Malcolm X”). “King’s Faith” is about Brendan King, played by Wilson, who tries to leave a gang life but his past continues to threaten his new-found faith, family and future.
“They invited me…sent me a script and offer,” said Whitfield about her involvement in the film that allows the audience to decide where the movie opens by accessing www.KingsFaith.com. About her character Lynn said, “I read the story and it had a lot of heart. I saw the emotional conflict and thought it was an interesting emotional character.”
The film, based on a very personal true-to-life story, will touch the lives of the audience and have them asking, “How can I stand firm in my faith when life’s challenges put me to the test?” and “Can someone find true forgiveness from their wrong choices?”
Lynn Whitfield said she picks her roles based on whether she has something to contribute to make the story better.
“If I can make it a personal experience,” she added.
You can also see Lynn in the stage hit “My Brother Marvin,” and the film, “The Last Letter” with Omari Hardwick and Sharon Leal.
“King’s Faith” is directed by Nicholas DiBella, and written by DiBella and Paul Root, with Pastor Kirk Dueker as executive producer. Rated-PG13 King’s Faith arrives in selected theaters April 26, 2013.
Producer Carlos King is making big moves in the Hollywood reality show business
*“I finished… ‘Behind the Scenes’ show for OWN,” said producer Carlos King about his reality show projects. “(Just wrapped) ‘Tyler Perry Comes to OWN’ which premiers May 26, 2013.”
On what we can expect from the Tyler Perry reality show King said, “He’s a mogul and wears many hats. A lot of people don’t know his process. They will be astounded at how he works out to clear his thoughts, does two shows, movie projects and a million other things.”
Carlos is currently the most sought after producer in reality television programming. After college Carlos King interned on ABC’s “The View” and “Primetime Live.” He now has seven years experience as producer with such projects as VH1’s “Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta,” “Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes,” and Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” and “Married to Medicine” which premiered March 24th. In four years he rose from associate producer to executive producer.
“I started my career at BET (“BET Style”), an entertainment news magazine show,” he informed me. He went on to work on “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” “I said I can understand women. In high school they came to me (with their issues), so I was able to use that. It’s the trust factor with the women, they trust me. Women mature faster than men. A woman truly never changes. Men are unable to express our feelings and what we go through. Women will analyze.”
Recently Carlos launched his own company Kingdom Reign Entertainment, a production company. His plan is to continue to produce shows for the female demographics.
(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years – www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com)