One movie I definitely don’t plan to see is Pain & Gain , starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson. As a lifelong bodybuilder, I remember well reading about the antics of the Sun Gym gang and was horrified and embarrassed.
I remember going to the Sun Gym on several occasions to get contest entry forms from John Carl Meese, the gym owner. Meese was an educated man, a CPA by profession, and seemed to be a mild-mannered, nice guy. I was astounded to read that he was indicted and subsequently imprisoned as a member of the gang.
I understand the movie is a lighthearted comedy that depicts the happy-go-lucky antics of this fun-loving bunch of bodybuilders. But in real life, these guys were guilty of extortion, torture, murder and dismemberment — a real barrel of laughs.
Sidney H. Glauser, North Bay Village