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Dwayne Johnson as Paul Doyle, Tony Shalhoub as Victor Kershaw and also Mark Wahlberg together Daniel Lugo, in "Pain and Gain."AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Jaimie Trueblood
He to be kidnapped and also mercilessly tortured by steroid-fueled gym rats — but it’s the Hollywood movie around his life that really hurts, a Brooklyn-bred businessman cases in a brand-new lawsuit.

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Marc Schiller — whose horrific kidnapping ordeal to be the communication of the 2013 dark-comedy struggle “Pain & Gain” starring note Wahlberg — claims he to be falsely illustrated as a corrupt, “unlikeable, sleazy” braggart in the flick as soon as he was just the victim.

“They chose to portray me together a poor person and my assailants as nice guys who were simply bumbling fools,’’ Schiller, 56, told The Post.

“The movie do a josh of me and of the pain and also suffering that I had endured. … The horrible human on the display had no resemblance to who I to be — or who I to be now.”

Schiller, whose complaint is set to it is in filed Monday in Manhattan commonwealth court, alleges the Paramount Pictures, parent firm Viacom, director Michael Bay, Wahlberg and others illegally profited by twisting the truth around Schiller’s sadistic 1994 ordeal in ~ the hand of Miami’s well known “Sun Gym Gang.”

The film — certification Wahlberg, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and also “Monk” gibbs Tony Shalhoub together Schiller’s character — was greatly marketed as a “true story,’’ Schiller states in the court papers.

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The murderous musclemen were led by Daniel Lugo, Wahlberg’s character, and resolved at Miami’s sun Gym. They targeted Schiller, who moved to Florida after farming up in Brooklyn.

The gang bungled six attempts come abduct the wealthy businessman — including once when dressed together ninjas — prior to finally succeeding external his deli in 1994.

They bound and tortured him right into signing over his home and also the rest of his million-dollar fortune, but Schiller miraculously escaped their countless efforts to death him.

Phone-sex millionaire frank Griga and also his girlfriend, Krisztina Furton, were not so happy a year later. They were both brutally murdered — and their body components dismembered — through the corridor in 1995.

In “Pain & Gain,” Schiller is change the name “Victor Kershaw.” The movie waits until its last seconds to provide a disclaimer during the roll of credits, saying in small print, “Some names have been changed and certain characters, events and dialogue room fictionalized because that the purposes of dramatization.”

Schiller’s lawyer, Holly Ostrov-Ronai, claimed the disclaimer doesn’t cut it due to the fact that “hardly anyone” the town hall a film’s closeup of the door credits.

She likewise said the renaming Schiller’s character doesn’t sell the “family man” defense from being misrepresented in the flick together a skirt-chasing, cigar-smoking, recovering alcoholic that was hated by his employees.

She claimed anyone might assume the relenten of Schiller is accurate since the movie cases to be a “true story.”

While Paramount and others affiliated in the film’s manufacturing are being sued for trying to pass the flick off as a “true story,” Wahlberg is also named as a defendant since he provided the film to shill his new line that “Marked” fitness supplements.

The lawsuit looks for unspecified money damages, yet Ostrov-Ronai said she to trust Schiller is licensed has been granted to a jury award of at least $10 million.

“Pain & Gain” was a box-office and also DVD success, grossing more than $95 million, or much more than triple its budget.

Paramount declined comment. Reps for Viacom and also Wahlberg no return messages.

Schiller, who as soon as did prison time because that Medicare fraud, to be a star evil in the 1998 jury attempt in which Lugo and fellow musclemen Noel Doorbal and also Jorge Delgado were convicted because that the crimes against Schiller and the grisly killing of Griga and Furton.

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Lugo and Doorbal were sentenced to death and are quiet awaiting execution. Delgado got 15 year in jail after copping a plea deal.