Pain & Gain In Theaters Now

Posted on Apr 26, 2013

From acclaimed director Michael Bay comes “Pain and Gain,” a new action comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie. Based on the unbelievable true story of a group of personal trainers in 1990s Miami who, in pursuit of the American Dream, get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong.

The Sound of Pain and Gain

Posted on Apr 26, 2013

In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection profile, SoundWorks talks with the sound team of Director Michael Bay’s “Pain and Gain” featuring supervising sound editor and sound designer Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn.

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Sound Credits

Erik Aadahl: Sound Designer / Supervising Sound Editor

Ethan Van der Ryan: Sound Designer / Supervising Sound Editor

Kevin Cerchiai: Boom Operator

Blake Collins: Foley Mixer

John T. Cucci: Foley Artist

Fredrick Cuevas: ADR Recordist

Scott Curtis: Foley Mixer

Joel Erickson: Assistant Sound Editor

Judah Getz: ADR Mixer

Jeffrey J. Haboush: Sound Re Recording Mixer

Tim Hoogenakker: ADR Mixer

P.K. Hooker: Sound Effects Editor

David Husby: Production Sound Mixer

Scott Millan: Sound Re Recording Mixer

Michael Miller: ADR Mixer

Dan O’Connell: Foley Artist

Greg P. Russell: Sound Re Recording Mixer

Mike Schmidt: Boom Operator

Greg ten Bosch: Sound Effects Editor

Pain & Gain Reviews

Posted on Apr 25, 2013

Nelson here…

Take a look at some of the review ‘Pain & Gain’ is getting.

“One of the best films of the year. A truly great American drama.” “Dwayne Johnson gives the best performance of his career. Prepare to be amazed.” – Jake Hamilton, FOX-TV

“You’ll remember and talk about forever! Like Pulp Fiction…without the fiction!!!” – Mark S. Allen KMAX-TV

“The guy flick of 2013. Insanely Funny. An early candidate for the guy flick of 2013, Pain & Gain is violent, deeply nasty and insanely funny. The way-over-the-top star trio of Wahlberg, Johnson and Mackie are such loveably despicable meatheads, they’re like The Three Stooges– only with bulging biceps, strippers, kidnapping, extortion, a chainsaw, and buckets of blood.” – Stephen Rebello, PLAYBOY

“Perfectly cast, P&G plays like the Coen Brothers on steroids. Hilariously dark and nearly impossible to believe, the true story cements Michael Bay as an auteur and offers his very bestwork to date.” – Silas Lesnick,COMING SOON

“Outrageously entertaining.” – Marlow Stern, NEWSWEEK

“It’s deeply dark, disturbed and depraved and the more I think about it, the more I really like it.” – Billy Donnelly AIN’T IT COOL NEWS

“Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and the rest of the cast are amazing in this film! A disturbing story of ambition and envy that is fed by narcissism and drugs.” – Julian Molina MSN LATINO

“It’s so intriguingly dark and dumb you can’t look away. This is definitely a new spin for a Michael Bay film destined to be one of his classics. This pitch dark comedy is a must-see!” –Ashley Samour, MTV

“The Rock gives the best performance of his career. A weird, entertaining, amalgamation of ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘Very Bad Things’ and ‘Bad Boys’.” – Germain Lussier / SLASHFILM

“Pain and Gain is the most original, shocking, surprising and hilarious movie of the year. So crazy, so surprising it could only be true.” – Greg Russell MOVIE SHOW

“Absolutely one of the craziest true stories I’ve ever seen on a movie screen. It’s also fantastic.” – Steve Weintraub / COLLIDER

Update: The Rock

Posted on Apr 24, 2013

Wrestling fans, it was a joke said on Entertainment Tonight–with a laugh. You can see the clip for yourselves. The most important person to see the on air joke was Dwayne. I love seeing The Rock wrestle. I hope he wrestles 10 more years. I joked on air because Dwayne was not at our LA premiere due to his injury.


Update #1: Here is the video of Michael Bay at the Pain & Gain premiere in Los Angeles.

Update #2: The Rock has tweeted. He’s agreed to wrestle women now. Any volunteers?


Pain & Gain ‘Summer Review’

Posted on Apr 23, 2013

Pain & Gain ‘Amazed

Posted on Apr 23, 2013

Pain & Gain ‘Good Guys’

Posted on Apr 18, 2013

NY Times Article: Putting Away His Toys

Posted on Apr 18, 2013

From the NY Times:

Mr. Bay said that “Pain & Gain” had gotten him excited in the right way, connecting him to the energy and the pastel-colored palette of Miami Beach, where he has lived in recent years, and allowing him to get “down to the down and dirty.”Mr. Johnson, who plays an inept and drug-addled ex-con in the film, said, “There was a point where I was reticent about playing the role, because of the dark turns it was taking, and trying to find my clarity.” But when he wavered, he said, Mr. Bay surprised him by writing him a long letter that restored his confidence in the project. “The overall message was: ‘You were born to play this part. And now, I need you to trust me,’ ” Mr. Johnson said. “I was so blown away at the time.”

On Transformers:

On the first “Transformers,” Mr. Bay said, he was chided by Steven Spielberg for allowing actors to improvise too much. “Steven said to me, ‘Michael, I would like you to shoot something that’s in the script,’ ” he recalled. “And I was like, ‘Steven, this is how I work.’ ” Even if 80 percent of what he shot was terrible, Mr. Bay said, “You’re going to get 20 percent that’s gold.” Since then, Mr. Bay said, Mr. Spielberg has come to see things his way. “Steven’s like: ‘You’ve got to have the funny. That’s part of the brand of ‘Transformers.’ ” (A spokesman for Mr. Spielberg confirmed Mr. Bay’s account of events.)

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Pain & Gain Review

Posted on Apr 13, 2013

“It’s fucking incredible. Excuse my language but I can’t think of a better way to describe it. Probably the best movie I’ve seen in the last ten years and it might be the best assembled cast ever. The Rock, wow, Mr. Johnson deserves an Oscar.  Sorry if this sounds incoherent but I’m just too excited. God I love this movie.”  – Nick Mundy,