From director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), the crime drama Gangster Squad is set in Los Angeles in 1949, when ruthless mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) made a business out of drugs, guns and prostitutes, all thanks to the police and politicians being on his payroll. He thought no one and nothing could stop him, until a small, secret crew of LAPD officers, led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), came together to take back the city and tear Cohen’s world apart. The film also stars Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña, Robert Patrick and Mireille Enos. For more on the film, be sure to check out our set visit coverage here, and watch six clips.
During a press conference at the film’s press day, actors Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, along with Fleischer, talked about finding the tone of the film, the most challenging scene to shoot, what they did to get into the time period, how they viewed their characters, assembling such a talented supporting cast, working with an actor as intense as Sean Penn, having a sensitivity about extreme violence in films, and the decision to reshoot one of the more intense scenes. Check out what they had to say after the jump.