No Pain, No Gain Flexes Its Muscles in Theaters December 3; Feature Film by Bodybuilding Insider Highlights Right and Wrong Ways to Reach the Top.
"The story of a bodybuilder who longs to be respected for his mind. Mike Zorillo, a small town Ohio champion bodybuilder with a genius IQ, journeys to the Mecca of bodybuilding, Los Angeles, determined to beat his nemesis, Jake Steel, with natural science instead of steroids. Far from home, he's confronted by a gym culture of freaks, juicers and Hollywood wannabes. As he pursues his dream, he's also persecuted by the world's largest sports nutrition company, an entity that's hell-bent on destroying him. Against all odds, the honest and driven bodybuilder resolves to win the prestigious "Mr. West Coast" competition as a way to prove himself and his ideas to the world."
Samuel Turcotte's years of hard work on the film No Pain, No Gain is finally hitting theatres nationwide December 3, 2005.
Turcotte devoted years to writing, producing and directing No Pain, No Gain - the first feature-length fiction film ever to delve into the realm of bodybuilding.
No Pain, No Gain is the first film set in the world of bodybuilding since the 1977 classic Pumping Iron, which launched the film career of Arnold Schwarzenegger. But in a first for the bodybuilding world, this is a fiction film, not a documentary. No Pain, No Gain covers timely issues such as the increasing obsession with body image, fad diets, working out, health and fitness, plus the steroid controversy in sports.
Already raved about by Muscle & Fitness, MuscleMag International, MAX Sports & Fitness, Bobybuilding.com and many other authorities, the film enjoys the backing and encouragement of a wide array of supporters, and is sure to be a one-of-a-kind hit. Joe Weider says, "This film shows the courage, determination and heart it takes to be a true champion bodybuilder." And Robert Kennedy, Executive Editor of MuscleMag International, calls it, "The cinematic heir apparent to Pumping Iron."
No Pain, No Gain was recently screened as an official selection at the Sao Paulo International Film Festival in Brazil, and was also featured at the Palm Beach Film Festival and the Houston Film Festival (Worldfest), where it won an award for Best Director, First Feature.
"This film is the realization of a lifelong dream," said Turcotte. "I have been involved in the world of bodybuilding since I was 15, and for years have wanted to create a film about this fascinating and misunderstood sport. Bodybuilders have long been grossly misrepresented in the media, and my film gives a more balanced and realistic portrayal."
Talented actor and bodybuilder Gus Malliarodakis plays the part of underdog bodybuilder Mike Zorillo, whose determination to rise to the top of competitive bodybuilding without artificial help is the heart of the film's story. Zorillo, a small town Ohio champion bodybuilder with a genius IQ, journeys to the Mecca of bodybuilding, Los Angeles, determined to beat his nemesis, Jake Steel, with natural science instead of steroids. Far from home, Mike is confronted by a gym culture of freaks, juicers and Hollywood wannabes.
Star bodybuilder Dennis Newman has won the Teen USA, Mr. California and the USA Bodybuilding competitions, and has graced the cover of Muscle & Fitness, Ironman and Flex magazines. He plays the arrogant, over-the-top bodybuilder Jake Steel, who opposes hero Mike Zorillo's every move.
Following the movie's theatrical release, the film will be available worldwide on DVD, the soundtrack on CD, plus a comic book version will also be available.
GMV hopes to be able to offer these products after the movie's theatrical release date.
No Pain, No Gain will premiere in over 250 US theatres on Saturday, December 3, 2005.
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