Yeah, it does remind me of the stories that came out about Pain & Gain. I suppose you could say the same thing about Scorsese's "based on a true story" movies like GOODFELLAS, CASINO and THE WOLF OF WALL STREET.
“Obviously at the end they tried to kill me — and it wasn’t that funny when they tried to kill me,” he said. “They did run me over with a car twice after trying to blow me up in the car. I was in a coma and somehow I got out. … It wasn’t that funny because I had substantial injuries. … The way they tell it made it look like a comedy. You also gotta remember that not only I went through this, but certain people were killed, so making these guys look like nice guys is atrocious.”
I have to say, though, if that happened in a fictional movie, I'd probably be laughing. Sounds like something out of a Coen Bros film.