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.
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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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
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
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?
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 24, 2013
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 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.)
“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, Break.com
Michael Bay on the set of ‘Pain & Gain’ from Paramount Pictures.