Michael Bay’s ‘Pain & Gain’ and 9 Comedies Inspired By Horrific Events

With this week’s Pain & Gain, director Michael Bay (Armageddon, Transformers) scales down his usual explosive antics to tell a real crime tale with a twisted sense of humor. Pain & Gain stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as two bumbling bodybuilders who devise a scheme to kidnap a local millionaire and torture him into handing over his cash. In the vein of movies like Fargo, Bay’s movie finds humor in a dark side of human nature.

Making the pitch black comedy a bit more uncomfortable is the fact that it’s based on the true story of Florida accountant Marc Schiller who suffered at the hands of kidnappers in 1994. Pain & Gain isn’t Hollywood’s first attempt at spinning tragedy into comedy. Find out which movies used the same tactics in our gallery 10 Comedies Inspired By Horrific Events:

Credit: Paramount Pictures

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