Open casting call for 'Pain and Gain' from 'Transformers' director Michael Bay

Extras Open Casting Call Pain and Gain

"Pain and Gain" is based on a true story that took place in Miami in 1994.
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The Paramount Pictures star studded major comedy thriller feature film "Pain and Gain" is beginning production April 6th in Miami, FL and an open casting call is scheduled for all types of people ages 18 and over who are interested in working as extras on the film. The story is based on true events surrounding a group of bodybuilders who engage in a campaign of kidnapping, extortion and murder in Florida during 1994. Also needed are vehicles from that era, any color, make or model.

And now Directors Guild of America DGA Award winning filmmaker Michael Bay has done it again. First it was the super sexy Megan Fox lighting up the big screen in Transformers 1 and 2 - later replaced by the intensely seductive Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Transformers 3, and now Bay has cast the astonishingly ravishing treasure Bar Paly. She will play a lead role as Sabrina Petrescu. It can be said with absolute certainty that Micheal Bay has a terrific eye for beauty and talent. Paly is an international supermodel and actress who is from Tel Aviv, Israel and now has the attention of the entertainment industry as well as fans world wide. She has appeared on shows like "CSI: NY," "How I Met Your Mother," and "The Starter Wife". Film credits include DreamWorks "The Ruins," "Stiletto," and Roman Coppola's "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III".

Bay will produce and direct "Pain and Gain" from a screenplay written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Two-time Writers Guild of America WGA Award nominee Scott Rosenberg was brought in to make final script revisions. Rosenberg’s writing credits include "Con Air," "High Fidelity," "Gone in Sixty Seconds," "Impostor," "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead," "Kangaroo Jack," and the upcoming Michael Bay film "The Hauntrepreneur" starring Russell Brand. "Pain and Gain" is scheduled to hit theaters in 2013.

Also starring in "Pain and Gain" are two-time Academy Award nominated Mark Wahlberg as Daniel Lugo; Teen Choice Award winner and WWE Superstar Wrestler Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson as Adrain Doorbal; four-time Academy Award nominated Ed Harris plays private eye Ed Du Bois; and Golden Globe Award winner Tony Shalhoub portrays Marc Schiller. Dwayne Johnson will next star opposite Liam Hemsworth and Emma Roberts in another true story feature film "Empire State". Auditions and casting information for that film is posted here:

"Empire State" Casting Calls and Auditions

Aside from studio interiors and various locations around Miami, filming for "Pain and Gain" Sun Gym scenes will take place inside and outside of a building at 8000 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami. The three-story, 38,937-square-foot office/industrial space has been painted with teal-colored "Sun Gym" logos to the building's eastern and northern facades, while a half-dozen crew members have assembled thousands of dollars worth of 90s era Nautilus weightlifting and exercise machines in the glass-encased top story. The location is also a favorite of Michael Bay's. Ten years ago, he transformed the building into a bank for one of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence's Shoot'Em Up scenes in "Bad Boys II".

Extras Open Casting Call Details

This is for fully paid background talent who are located within reasonable driving distance of the Miami area.

Here is what the casting director is seeking:

• All types, looks, any ethnicity.
• Talent must be ages 18 and over.
• Pre-1994 vehicles - any color, make or model.

Please come to the open casting call with hairstyles, makeup and clothing from the mid-1990's era if possible. If you have a vehicle that fits the description, bring photos of vehicle exterior and interior. Also bring two forms of legal ID with you. (Passport or Drivers License and Social Security Card)


The Harvey Center Building
10200 NW 25th Street
Doral, FL 33172
Click Here for directions.


Saturday, March 31, 2012
10:00am - 2:00pm

If you are in the Miami area but can not attend the open casting call, you can submit recent cellphone pics, height, weight, along with wardrobe, availability, and contact number to the following:

Minors and foreign talent must be legally eligible to work in the state of Florida and in the United States.

The Miami Resource Guide eBook includes the following information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in Miami and the United States:

• Links for Child Labor Information
• Florida Child Labor Laws
• Employment of Minors by the Entertainment Industry
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• USA Immigration Work Permits and Visas
• Non-Immigrant USA Visa Application

In addition to the following Miami Actors Resources:

• Miami Casting Directors List
• Miami Extras Casting Directors List
• South Florida Talent Agents
• Florida Talent and Modeling Agency Information
• General Talent Agent Information
• Miami Acting Schools and Classes List
• Miami Headshot Photographers List
• Miami Performers Unions
• Miscellaneous Miami Resources
• Miami Sound Stages
• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Casting Director and Talent Agents Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• PDF Users Guides

The Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

Ania Kamieniecki-O'Hare
Denise Chamian Casting
1438 N. Gower Street
Building 35, Suite 270
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Extras Casting


Bill Marinella Casting

Miami Online Extras Registration Form

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Platinum Dunes
631 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401

De Line Pictures
4000 Warner Blvd.
Building 66, Room 147
Burbank, CA 91522

Paramount Pictures
5555 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Producers: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Bradley Fuller, Donald De Line, Ian Bryce

Director: Michael Bay


Mark Wahlberg - Daniel Lugo
Dwayne Johnson - Adrain Doorbal
Bar Paly - Sabrina Petrescu
Ed Harris - Ed Du Bois
Tony Shalhoub - Marc Schiller
Rob Corddry - John Mese
Tony Plana - Capt. Al Lopez


"Pain and Gain" centers on the true story of Miami's Sun Gym gang, led by the general manager Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) and Adrian Doorbal (Dwayne Johnson) in Miami during the mid-90s. In the beginning, they established ten phony medical companies and mailed fraudulent bills to the government for nonexistent medical services, making a fortune in the process. Then the two local bodybuilders developed a penchant for steroids, strippers, and quick cash. And they became expert in the use of a peculiar motivational tool: Torture. They obtained merchandise designed to electrocute, incapacitate, imprison, and eavesdrop. Other members of the Sun Gym gang were Carl Weekes, Stevenson Pierre, corrupt corrections officer John Raimondo, Jorge Delgado, and John Mese. The police could have stopped them before they killed somebody. But they didn't. The gang botched their first kidnapping/torture/murder for extortion by failing to kill their victim, Marc Schiller (Tony Shalhoub), who hires crack private detective Ed Du Bois (Ed Harris) after the Metro-Dade Police do not believe his story. Danny Lugo then lures in a stunning illegal immigrant stripper named Sabina Petrescu (Bar Paly) under the guise of being a C.I.A. agent. She was a 25-year-old Romanian born dancer who'd modeled for Penthouse. Petrescu became lovers with the married Lugo as well as an unsuspecting participant in his next crime. After the disappearance of wealthy couple Frank Griga and Krisztin Furton, the slumbering Metro-Dade Police Department awakens and the Sun Gym gang is in their sights.