Marc Schiller is the man who really lived the story of the upcoming film 'Pain and Gain,' starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson. He wanted to set the story straight about what really happened to him. Here he shares some of his thoughts and triumphs.
Why did you decide to share your story?
In early 2012, I found out that Michael Bay and Paramount pictures where making a movie about my story. I thought it was important to tell the story from my perspective because I knew that the Hollywood version would change many aspects of it. From the trailers I have seen this turned to be all to true.
What message are you trying to send to readers?
A message that uplifts and inspires the reader and motivates them to analyze their life. Tell people that miracles exist and that no matter how bad a situation is to never lose hope and maintain the faith.
Did you have any personal influence over the upcoming movie?
It’s about what happen to me, but I was not consulted about anything. No one from Paramount or Michael Bay contacted me. I was supposed have a cameo appearance but it was cancelled at the last minute because of the weather. I was glad I did not do it because I think the picture misrepresents what happened.
Would you ever like to have another movie made, that is more accurate, according to your story?
That is what I hope, you never know. I think it’s a fascinating story that can inspire people if its done correctly.
If you could go back in time to change what happened to you, would you do it?
I’ve been asked that many times. Who of us would not like to change at least one event in our life? It was a traumatic and almost deadly experience, but I truly believe events happen to us for a reason. A wake up call that is much needed. Its how we use those experiences that are important. Hopefully we grow and learn and not repeat its bitter lessons.
How are you doing these days?
I never think of those events, I left them in the past. The only reason that I started thinking about what happened to me is because I heard about the movie. I have moved on.
You are a life-long entrepreneur. Which job(s) has been your favorite over the years? Which businesses were the most successful for you?
I think what I enjoy the most is what I’m doing now which is representing individual who get audited before the IRS. The reason is that I’m helping other people and I get satisfaction in seeing the clients take a burden of their shoulders. My most lucrative ventures have been my accounting practices. I enjoy writing a lot and I want to write some more books, especially books that can help other people.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
That everything happens for a reason and instead of feeling sorry for yourself or seeking the pity of others. Try to understand why a certain event happened to you. Then you use it to grow and learn.
What is something readers may be surprised to learn about you?
That I’m a very good athlete and have played sports all my life baseball and basketball are my favorites. I love traveling and visiting new places and have done so extensively. I hope to do more soon. Oh, I wrote another Pain and Gain Book, its coming out this week.
Anything else you would like to share?
That we should be thankful for all the blessings we receive everyday, no matter how small. Life is what we make of it, so it’s really up to you.
Thank you so much for your time!
Marc Schiller was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina immigrating to Brooklyn, NY with his parents when he was seven years old. An early entrepreneur, he started several small businesses by the age of nine. He attended high school in Brooklyn, participating in sports and was member of the school’s track team.
Marc received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a MBA from Benedictine University. Marc has had a long and diversified career both as a professional and entrepreneur. His professional career has spanned the U.S. as well as internationally. On an entrepreneurial level, Marc Schiller has launched several successful businesses including two accounting practices both in Miami and Houston, a delicatessen in Miami and an options and stock trading company.
Marc Schiller currently works as an accounting and tax resolution specialist for a national tax resolution company. He has two grown children: his son graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a degree in economics and his daughter currently attends Loyola Marymount University in California.
‘Pain and Gain – The Untold True Story’ is Marc Schiller’s first literary publication.
Date Published: 1/25/13
‘Pain and Gain – The Untold True Story’ is a gripping memoir that tells the true story behind the Paramount film Pain and Gain. Written by the real Sun Gym Gang victim, Marc Schiller, ‘Pain and Gain – The Untold True Story’ will take readers on an adrenaline rush with a shocking ending.
This is the untold true story of one citizen’s pointless torture and month-long captivity. The story, formerly mistold if not utterly overlooked, has been made into a feature film. Even as a dark comedy, there is little amusement to be found in human suffering. The sick and twisted minds of Mr. Schiller’s captors would be fodder for the Darwin Awards if the results were not so alarmingly inhumane. Physical, mental and emotional torture, as well as sensory deprivation and starvation, the prisoner of war like conditions differed only in the fact that Mr. Schiller was completely alone during his extended stay at the warehouse he refers to as Hotel Hell. An early victim of identity theft in the years following Hurricane Andrew in Miami, Mr. Schiller chronicles his story in tortuous detail. His humiliation, pain and suffering at the hands of these perverted social misfits is a shocking revelation.
What is it like to be imprisoned in near dungeon-like conditions? All this mayhem on American soil toward the end of the last millennium.
Greed, lust for power and the desire to inflict pain and misery were the apparent motivating forces behind this gruesome incident.
Truly a harrowing tale and one that you won’t soon forget.