ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 10: Anthony Mackie poses at the IMDb Official Portrait Studio during D23 2022 at Anaheim Convention Center on September 10, 2022 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Corey Nickols/Getty Images for IMDb)
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Michael Bay Didn't Give Anthony Mackie Much Time To Prepare For Pain & Gain
When Anthony Mackie got the part of Adrian Doorbal in “Pain & Gain,” he had little time to celebrate and less time to bulk up, saying, "I only had three weeks before I started shooting. So I did a pretty intensive workout." His regimen, however, didn't quite measure up to those of one of his co-stars.
Mackie regaled, “So I [tell Dwayne Johnson], 'I just signed onto 'Pain & Gain.’ He's like, 'Oh, good for you.' [...] and I was like, 'Yeah, I'm hitting the gym, kid. I'm going to be bigger than you when I show up to set, so get ready.' And he goes, 'All right, man, good luck with that.' I'm like, 'I'm going to give this dude the business!'"
Although Mackie gained 17 pounds of muscle, he could not outdo Dwayne Johnson, saying, "I got up to 213 pounds. I show up to set and dude is like 250." He went on to say, "Put it this way: Standing next to Dwayne, a friend and I made a joke: If he's the Rock, my nickname is the Pebble."