Two New Photos from Gangster Squad Starring Josh Brolin and Sean Penn
01.17.12 by Ryan
Up until now, "spy" photos of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone walking around in period clothing at L.A.'s Griffith Park Observatory was the only peek we've had at the Gangster Squad adaptation. The LA Times solved that problem, offering a look at the squad and a close-up of stars Josh Brolin and Sean Penn in action.
Based on The LA Times's seven-part series of articles "Tales from the Gangster Squad" written by Paul Lieberman, the movie follows Gosling and Brolin as two Los Angeles police officers who lead a special task force assigned to keep East Coast gangsters like "Mickey" Cohen (Penn) out of the city. Brolin says his research into 1940s police work revealed that cops back then were "pretty brutal."
These guys were pretty brutal back then. I had this idea of how innocent it was back then, and then you hear that because there is no Internet, no iPhone, because there is none of that, you could get away with a lot of stuff, and they would.
Brolin's summary pretty closely reflects Gangster Squad's official synopsis:
Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and, if he has his way, every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It's enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop, except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O'Mara (Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen's world apart.
The first photo shows Brolin holding Penn at gun point, but clearly Penn has the upper hand as he looks to be taunting Brolin to put the cuffs on.
The second photo shows almost the entire squad, including (from left) Michael Pena (30 Minutes or Less) as Navidad Ramirez; Gosling as Wooters; Robert Patrick (Flags of Our Fathers) as deadly cop Officer Max Kennard; Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) as switchblade-wielding cop Coleman Harris; and Brolin. Missing is Giovanni Ribisi, who plays electronics expert Conway Keeler.
Stone plays a "sharp-tongued siren" caught in a love triangle between Gosling and Penn in Gangster Squad, while Frank Grillo (Warrior) plays a Chicago gangster named Ragan and Mireille Enos (AMC's The Killing) plays Brolin's wife. Nick Nolte plays chief of police Bill Parker, the man who puts the squad together.
Gangster Squad was written by former LAPD officer and Castle writer Will Beall and directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less).