Coral Gables and City Hall get role on the big screen

Mark Wahlberg is pictured after jumping off the second- floor balcony at City Hall.

Locals appreciate the unique character of the City Beautiful but now so will the rest of the world.

Several scenes from the major motion picture Pain and Gain were filmed around Coral Gables, including City Hall. 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. For several days 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 loca- tion for the filming which included explo- sions, 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 extor- tion, kidnapping and murder.

Pain and Gain will be in theaters some- time next year.

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