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Ryan Gosling interview: 'I'm fine with my Gangster Squad lady gun'

By and Simon Reynolds
Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling assemble a team of rogue LAPD officers to take down mob boss Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) in crime drama Gangster Squad.

Directed by Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer, the film leaps off from journalist Paul Lieberman's book Tales from the Gangster Squad, which details the East Coast mob invasion of LA in the '40s and '50s.


Digital Spy sat down with Gosling, Brolin and Emma Stone - playing gangster's moll Grace Faraday - to discuss the public's infatuation with crooks, why the ensemble cast was like a band and which cast member had to accept wielding a "lady gun".

'Gangster Squad' character posters: Ryan Gosling
Discussing the appeal of gangster films, Stone said: "There's something in all of us that wishes we could be that slick and violent.

"There's something in our collective consciousness that has that urge to take down people if they're bad to us. But we can't do that, and so we watch gangster movies."

Gosling said of his character Jerry Wooters's firearm of choice: "I wanted [a tommy gun], I thought for sure I was going to get one.

"When I got there they decided that we should all have different guns and I thought, 'What are we? A boyband? We all have to have our own thing?' So I got a tiny lady gun, but I'm fine with that."

Gangster Squad is showing in cinemas now.

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