‘Gangster Squad’ director Ruben Fleischer on his snappy vision of LA, film noir

Jan 8, 2013
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Director Ruben Fleischer arrives at Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Gangster Squad” premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on January 7, 2013 in Hollywood, California. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

A team of merciless cops go after a mob boss, by any means necessary. It’s the classic film noir premise, and in this time set in a moonlit mid-century Los Angeles. Director Ruben Fleischer’s biggest work until now was 2009’s Zombieland. But with a star-studded cast that includes Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Nick Nolte, “Gangster Squad” is poised to do very well at the box office. Full of gunfights and stylized violence, the film’s release date was pushed back significantly after mass shootings in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut. But come out it will, in theaters this Friday, January 11.


Ruben Fleischer, Director, “Gangster Squad”

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