Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson scared? Pffft! The Rock isn't supposed to fear anything. He's climbed to the mountain top of Hollywood and he's been king of the World Wide Entertainment professional wrestling circuit. I mean, he played the Tooth Fairy, for crissakes! What the heck would make the chiseled former University of Miami football-playing bad boy tremble with fright and anxiety? Well, playing the role of a born again Christian, sober ex-con who spirals into a cocaine-fueled criminal rampage after he is recruited by a conniving, scheming body builder named Daniel Lugo to torture and extort millions in cash from wealthy victims.
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|Johnson in Pain & Gain|
In fact, Johnson almost backed out of his role as Paul Doyle in blockbuster movie director Michael Bay's passion project Pain & Gain a week before the filming began in Miami last March. The flick is based on a Miami New Times 30,000 word feature story penned by former Miami crime reporter Pete Collins in 1999. It recounts the sordid, grimy tale of the Sun Gym Gang, a crew of bumbling, body-building sociopaths who almost killed one guy after torturing him for his loot, and suceeded in killing their next two victims, yet failed to get their cash, luxury cars, big ass yacht, and waterfront pimp pad.
Doyle is a composite character based on two, maybe three, of the real life criminals who participated in the Sun Gym caper. It's a complex dark role for the Rock, who had to be convinced by Bay to dive into Doyle. Johnson - who declined to comment about his part-time home in Southwest Ranches, citing privacy - talked instead about his struggles to accept the Pain & Gain character he was playing in a recent interview with Cultist.
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