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In the movie, the Gangster Squad is assembled to go after Mickey Cohen. However, in real life Chief W.H. Parker set up the squad to prevent other gangsters from taking over Cohen's rackets after Cohen went to prison on income tax evasion. Whenever the squad learned that out-of-town gangsters were coming to Los Angeles to try to set up new operations, the Gangster Squad would kidnap them, beat them up (some rumors say torture) and then send them back to wherever they came from with the warning that if they ever returned, they would be killed.
Sean Penn went through 3 hours of makeup each morning.
The original trailer for this movie was pulled after the Aurora, Colorado Century 16 massacre due to a shot in which four gangsters fire machine guns through a projection screen into a crowded movie theater. Warner Bros. then ordered the film back into production for a reshoot of the scene, necessitating a rescheduling of the film's release and rewrite of the script.
Nick Nolte, who portrays Chief W.H. Parker, previously played the leader of the gangster squad in Mulholland Falls (1996).
De'aundre Bonds' first film role in ten years. He served ten years in prison for manslaughter.
Ryan Gosling's character makes a joke where he pretends that the only famous Mickey he has heard of is Mickey Mouse. As a child, Ryan Gosling starred in The All New Mickey Mouse Club (1989).
Officer Daryl Gates (Josh Pence), Chief W.H. Parker's driver, went on to become the Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. LAPD headquarters, called Parker Center, was named for his former boss.
Bryan Cranston was cast as Max Kennard but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with his other movie, Argo (2012).
Ryan Gosling's exchange with Emma Stone early in the film regarding the playing of "post office" is lifted word-for-word from The Three Stooges 1934 'Three Little Pigskins' in a scene with Curly and Phyllis Crane. The short feature also starred a young platinum blonde names Lucille Ball.
The Garden of Allah Hotel and Villas existed in real life. It was located at 8152 Sunset Boulevard.
Jamie Foxx was considered for the role of Coleman Harris.
Adam Brody, Joel Edgerton, Luke Evans and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were on the short list for the part of Sgt. Jerry Wooters but Ryan Gosling was cast.
Amy Adams and Kate Winslet were considered to play Connie O'Mara.
The film was originally slated for an early September, 2012 release date but ended up getting bumped until January of 2013 so some additional scenes could be filmed.

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Body count: 59.

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