The City of Coral Gables’ unique character will be on display for the world to see during April. The major motion picture Pain & Gain, which was filmed around Coral Gables, including City Hall, will be in theaters starting Friday, Apr. 26.
The film features actors Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ed Harris from Apollo 13 and The Truman Show, and Tony Shalhoub from the television series Monk.
Coral Gables was one of just a few locations hand selected for filming. In June of last year, City Hall was transformed into the Bank of the Bahamas. A Bahamian flea market was constructed just outside the historic landmark on Biltmore Way. Wahlberg and Shalhoub were on location for the filming which included explosions, a car crash, and a daring escape. In the movie, which is based on a true story, actors Wahlberg and Johnson play Miami bodybuilders who get involved in extortion, kidnapping, and murder.