Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely Talk PAIN AND GAIN, How the Craziest Stuff in the Film is True, and More

Posted April 24, 2013 by Rick in Movie News


This weekend, Michael Bay‘s comedy Pain & Gain will open.  This film is based on a true story about two bodybuilders who get carried away in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme that goes wrong.  Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson are perfect for the roles of the body builders because they have the looks and the talent.   Pain and Gain also starsAnthony Mackie, Rebel Wilson,  Tony ShalhoubEd HarrisRob CorddryKen Jeong, and Bar Paly.

Last week at the Miami press junket, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely did an interview where they spoke about the true events that inspired the movie, the process of brining the film to life, the rated R rating, the cast and their performances and many more.

Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely:

  • Talk about the crazy true-life story that inspired the movie.
  • 1:20 – The movie is set in the 1990s, when limited internet access may have prevented some of the crimes.
  • 2:10 – McFeely says three-quarters of movie is real and some of the stuff you think is over the top is actually true.
  • 3:10 – “The barbecue thing is real… The Home Depot is real… The ninja outfits are in a different location, but real.”
  • 3:40 – Bay has wanted to make Pain and Gain forever.  The writers began to doubt it would ever be his next project.
  • 4:50 – The structure of the story as always been the same from their initial plans, and it was always meant to be R.
  • 6:00 – Their primary source was investigative magazine articles by Pete Collins.
  • 7:00 – The cast and performances impress.  Maruks says they had Wahlberg in mind based on his cleverly clueless performance in Boogie Nights.
  • 8:40 – Talk about the premiere in Miami.

You can watch the interview here: