Ruben Fleischer, the guy who directed “Zombieland” and “30 Minutes or Less,” had a hard time convincing Warner Bros. that he was the guy to tackle a gangster movie. After all, he’d only done contemporary comedies. But Fleischer wowed them with his vision for “Gangster Squad,” based on the real-life team that took down mobster Mickey Cohen in Los Angeles in the 1940s.
Fleischer also had to convince Sean Penn to… Continue reading Ruben Fleischer, 'Gangster Squad' Director, On Reshooting Scenes After Aurora Tragedy
Josh Brolin headlines this weekend’s “Gangster Squad” as the tough cop who looks to take down gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) in 1940s Los Angeles. Behind the scenes, Brolin was also instrumental in getting his good friend Penn to star as Cohen (after passing on the role himself), as well as in shaping his own character — even if that meant cutting his lines.
At the film’s press conference, Brolin said… Continue reading Josh Brolin, 'Gangster Squad' Star, On Fighting Sean Penn And Shooting A Tommy Gun
Before Warner Bros. prepares to roll out “Gangster Squad,” which was pulled after the Aurora, Co. shootings because it had an eerily similar shootout scene in a movie theater, another violent tragedy in Newtown, Conn. hit the headlines the day before the film’s Los Angeles press conference.
As the movie’s star Josh Brolin told reporters, “Of course there’s a sensitivity,” when putting out a film with so much gun violence. The… Continue reading 'Gangster Squad' Violence: Director Ruben Flesicher Weighs In On Cutting Movie Theater Shooting Scene