Michael Bay kept the budget down for "Pain and Gain" -- the film cost a reported $25 million, roughly $170 million less than "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" -- but the director didn't cut any corners when it came to sex toys.
As Bay told The Daily Beast in a new interview, he spent about $75,000 on sex toys to pepper the background of a warehouse where a trio of bodybuilders (played by Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie) hold a rich businessman (Tony Shaloub) hostage. If only that were the end of the story. Here's Bay:
I could have filmed the crew coming in that day because they’d stop and see these things—anatomically correct vajayjays and this butt (everyone would touch the butt because it felt real)—and it was hysterical. We were going to return all the sex toys to get three-quarters of our money back, but they started disappearing. We were like, “Who is taking the sex toys?”
A great question indeed. "Pain and Gain" is a fact-based film about the Sun Gym Gang, a group of bodybuilders who engaged in kidnapping, fraud and, later, murder. While the group did kidnap a businessman and keep him in a warehouse, the sex toys were not actually part of the background; as The Film Stage noted, Bay added that on his own:
Leave it to Michael Bay to decorate the film’s warehouse—which is the predominant location of the film’s centerpiece middle-section—with an abundance of male sex toys. Clearly, this wasn’t the case in real life: “[called] Speed Racer’s, the warehouse,” which was located in Hialeah and owned by Delgado, “was used as a storage facility and distribution center for Delgado’s various business interests.” I’m not sure Bay had to go as far as he did, but you can’t be upset at him for wanting to inject the locale with something a little more eye-catching than “business interests.”
For more from Bay, including what he thinks of all the haters, head over to The Daily Beast.