You need cajones to play a guy who’s shortchanged in that department, so kudos to Anthony Mackie, star of “Pain and Gain.”
Mackie stopped in Philadelphia to talk about his role in the strange-but-true movie, based on three Florida body-builders and their murder/robbery crime spree in the 1990s. Mackie’s character, one of the muscle-men, suffers from the negative consequences of steroid use.
“I never take any of my roles personally,” chuckled Mackie. “And look, sexual dysfunction is a real problem in society. It’s particularly a problem in this subculture of body-building, where steroid use is common.”
Mackie co-stars with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, forming of trio of trainers who see what their rich clients have, and take it. He sees the movie as a commentary on the warping of the American Dream.