Thursday, March 29, 2012

Pain and Gain filming at Miami-Dade County jail

Here is an update on the filming of Pain and Gain from

If you spotted Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg at a Miami-Dade County jail Tuesday, you saw right.

No, Wahlberg isn’t reverting back to his old ways of a street thug.

It’s just that Tuesday marked the start of filming for the Michael Bay shoot’em’up Pain and Gain, with Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Ed Harris and Tony Shalhoub.

And the first scenes were filmed at The Stockade, aka The Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, a working, temporary holding facility near Miami International Airport.

Film Commissioner Sandy Lighterman tells me producers used an empty space inside the jail, and shot scenes by the barbwire fence outside.

The inmates?

“They were on lockdown for a while,” Lighterman said, “but things were done with minimal disturbance to them.”

The $25 million-film’s expected to be produced in its entirety in Miami-Dade and Broward counties over the next two months. The screenplay is based on a Miami New Times story about a crime spree by bodybuilders who worked out of the Sun Gym. They became known as the Sun Gym Gang. Two members, Daniel Lugo and Adrian Doorbal, are currently on death row.

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