Pain & Gain is Michael Bay’s return to directing films that aren’t the Transformers series involving a Camaro or multiple GM vehicles. In fact, the last movie he directed before Transformers was The Island way back in 2005. Pain & Gain is the true story about three Miami body builders, Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg), Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson) and Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) that successfully extorted wealthy Floridians like Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub) in 1994 and 1995. The movie is supposed to be based on a true story, but it’s filled with so many absurdities, reporters have questioned Bay’s depiction. In a notable scene deemed false, Dwayne Johnson’s character is grilling the hands, on a charcoal grill, of a murdered porn-tycoon and his girlfriend to disguise their identity. For further coverage, check out this report here, here or even here. Decide for yourself, but one thing remains true – the cars in the film are outlandish and over-the-top in true Michael Bay form.
In the two hour film, the three dim-witted body builders find themselves behind the steering wheels of some of the most exotic and expensive cars of the late 80’s and early 90’s. Here are some of the cars that make appearances in the movie.
Pontiac Fiero Formula
Before Daniel Lugo made it big time as a criminal, he drove a 1988 Pontiac Fiero Formula. The Fiero, much like its owner Lugo, was a car with big aspirations and both were gunning for the champagne taste on a beer budget.
Lamborghini Diablo SE30
Porn mogul Frank Griga played by Micahel Rispoli, owns the incredibly unique and rare Lamborghini Diablo SE30. Only 150 SE30 models were built to celebrate Lamborghini’s 30th anniversary in 1994. Lugo is seen driving the Diablo near the climax of the movie as the world he extorted comes crashing down around him.
Paul Doyle, played by Dwayne Johnson, buys a purple Plymouth Prowler with his cut of Kershaw’s money. There was some oversight by the filmmakers because the movie is set in 1994 and 1995, but the first Plymouth Prowler didn’t actually hit the streets until 1997. Paying close attention during the film reveals similar oversights like the 2000-era Crown Vic taxis and late model Mustangs.
BMW 7-Series (E32)
Victor Kershaw’s 7-Series BMW faces a sad fate in Pain & Gain. In an attempt to kill Kershaw, the three kidnappers force him behind the wheel of his Bimmer and drive it in a bulldozer. This plan fails so they decide burning him alive in the car is the next best option. The kidnappers don’t lock him in the car and even after the Bimmer explodes, Kershaw is able to walk out. Kershaw lives. The car doesn’t.
Porsche 911 Turbo (Type 930)
Lugo is seen driving a Porsche 930 AKA 911 Turbo slantnose. The car likely belonged to Kershaw because the car was so rare in America that it had to be specially ordered and likely took some time to be delivered. What makes the 930 slantnose so unique is, fittingly, the nose because other Porsche 930’s at the time were built with rounded headlights that protruded out from the hood. Example.
Lincoln Town Car
Ed Harris plays a private eye named Ed Du Bois, III. Du Bois drives a Lincoln Town Car much to his wife’s chagrin. She calls it an “old man’s car.” This particular Town Car is 218.9 inches long (18 feet) which, to add some color, is only about four inches shorter than the eleventh generation (2003-2008) Ford F150 SuperCab.
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Written by Max Katsarelas