Gangster Squad (partially found deleted scene of action crime film; 2012)
This article has been tagged as NSFL due to its discussion of a real-life mass shooting (i.e. Aurora).
Gangster Squad is a mobster movie directed by Ruben Fleischer and starring an ensemble cast with Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte and Sean Penn. The movie takes place in 1949 Los Angeles and is loosely based on the special unit force of the same name and its attempt to take down real-life gangster Mickey Cohen.
Originally planned to be released in theaters on September 7th 2012, Gangster Squad dealt with setbacks due to the mass shooting that occured in Aurora, Colorado, on July 20th of that year. The shooting, which happened inside a theater during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, prompted Warner Bros., the distributor of both movies, to take action in many fronts out of respect to the victims, such as cancelling the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in several countries and making a donation to the victims. Gangster Squad, not only was delayed, but got its trailer pulled online and from theaters due to it containing clips from a scene in the movie in which a shootout would take place inside the Grauman’s Chinese Theater, which was deemed too sensitive and eerily similar to the mass shooting. Coincidentally, the trailer was screened prior to The Dark Knight Rises, though not in the theater in Aurora.
As the scene in question was a pivotal moment in the movie’s plot, the cast and crew reunited for reshoots on August 22nd, with the shootout between the Gangster Squad and Mickey Cohen’s thugs now taking place in Chinatown. A new trailer, with the theater clips edited out and replaced by those from the reshoots, was released on October 12th, 2012. The movie saw its release on January 11th, 2013.
Due to the scene’s association with the Aurora shooting, it’s highly unlikely that the entire scene will ever resurface officially. Despite Warner Bros.’ efforts at erasing the original trailer, an excerpt of it was mirrored and eventually surfaced, showing brief seconds of the scene in question. Until the day the full scene is unveiled, this clip is the only remnant.
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