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 “The Monk.” Coral Gables was one of just a few locations hand-selected for filming.
Two weeks ago, on Thursday and Friday, and last Friday, City Hall was transformed into the Bank of the Bahamas. A Bahamian flee market was constructed just outside the historic landmark on Biltmore Way.
Mark Wahlberg and Tony 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.
“Pain and Gain” will be in theaters sometime next year.
Photo right: Mark Wahlberg after jumping off the second-floor balcony at City Hall.
Tony Shalhoub (standing) and Mark Wahlberg (sitting) in between scenes.
In front of City Hall with Mark Wahlberg under umbrella.