Pain & Gain by Pete CollinsRead the book that inspired the hilarious, dark and pumped-up major motion picture PAIN & GAIN from acclaimed director Michael Bay, starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson.
Personal trainers Daniel Lugo and Noel Adrian Doorbal just wanted to be the biggest pumped up guys in the infamous Miami Sun Gym. That was until one of their rich clients flashed their cash and Daniel and Noel knew it was too tempting to pass up. Tempting to get some cold cash as easy as you please—a fail proof extortion con that should have made them rich. The Sun Gym Gang’s extortion scheme gets out of control and leads to kidnap, torture, staging a car crash and the murder of a Golden Beach millionaire and his trophy girlfriend.
All the while these two meatheads are driving around in the recently deceased millionaire’s sunny Lamborghini under the nose of the Miami-Dade County police.
What would it take to bring these juiced up fools to justice? Read the true account of the reporter who cracked this case wide open—Pain & Gain.
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By Paul Kendall. On the afternoon of November 15 , Adrian Doorbal , a weightlifter with a penchant for extreme violence and a steroid habit that was playing havoc with his sex life, sat in the front seat of a rented van, waiting to abduct the millionaire owner of a Miami deli. Not only did Doorbal and his two accomplices outnumber their target — Marc Schiller — three-to-one; they were also armed with a gun and a shock-inducing Taser, which was capable of paralysing a person from a distance of 21ft. Despite these advantages, Doorbal was worried. Somehow this idea fell by the wayside and they ended up going to a strip club instead. But, again, the mission had to be cancelled when it suddenly dawned on them they would be exposed by the headlights of oncoming cars.
At the opening of Pain & Gain, the new Michael Bay movie starring Mark Wahlberg, we are told that, “unfortunately,” what follows is a true story. Both his wife and his ex-wife played tangential roles in the gang’s crimes, as did Lugo’s girlfriend (about whom more below).
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This surprised the Buenos Aires-born businessman as he was the victim in the true-life story of kidnapping, torture, extortion and, ultimately, redemption upon which the film is based. Instead, the film has been loosely based on a series of articles that ran in The Miami New Times in , which detailed the crimes of The Sun Gym Gang, a group of recidivist body builders who connected through a love of hard workouts and easy money. The gang conspired to kidnap Schiller, a former business partner of one of the men, force him to sign over his life and then kill him. Daniel Lugo, played by Wahlberg, was the conniving leader and according to Schiller a "lethal manipulator", while in the film he is nothing more than a vehicle for Wahlberg's now trademark brand of comedic tough guy. He almost had a neon sign on his forehead that said: 'Don't Trust Me. You never knew which Lugo you were dealing with. Noel "Adrian" Doorbal, played by Anthony Mackie, was his meek best friend and partner in crime, literally the Robin to Lugo's Batman — codenames that the two assumed during Schiller's captivity and torture.
Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. To finance their voracious appetites, they became experts in the dark arts of kidnapping, torture, extortion, and murder. Two other victims weren't so lucky, ending up murdered and chopped to pieces with chainsaws, their body parts tossed into the Everglades. They were the Sun Gym Gang, and even by Magic City standards, their macabre exploits were difficult to stomach.
Yes, but not just one individual. Survivor Marc Schiller describes the Havana-born Jorge Delgado as "meek," going on to say that "he wouldn't hurt a fly. In the movie, Doyle is a muscle-bound ex-con and a recovering addict who becomes hooked on cocaine. New York native Carl Weekes was also an ex-con who had issues with alcohol and crack cocaine. Jorge Delgado on the other hand, had a wife and had not been to prison until after he was found guilty for his role as a member of the Sun Gym gang. In , Jorge Delgado confessed his role in the kidnappings, pointing the finger at Daniel Lugo and Adrian Doorbal for the murder and dismemberment of Frank Griga and Krisztina Furton.