WEIRDLAND: Emma Stone talks "Gangster Squad" in W magazine

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Emma Stone talks "Gangster Squad" in W magazine

In Gangster Squad, Stone reunites with Gosling, and their love scenes have an intensity that gives the movie an emotional center. Although her part is underwritten, Stone does something new: She channels a glamorous woman of mystery.

Emma Stone as Grace Faraday and Ryan Gosling as Sgt. Jerry Wooters in "Gangster Squad" (2013) directed by Ruben Fleischer

-Who do you play in Gangster Squad?

-Grace Faraday, who moved to Hollywood in the ’40s to become a star and ended up falling in with Mickey Cohen, a very well-known gangster, and his brood. Grace is also having an affair with Jerry Wooters, portrayed by Ryan Gosling. He’s one of the cops investigating Mickey Cohen. Grace is playing with fire—she’s constantly torn, caught in that classic conundrum between good and evil.

Audrey Totter was one of the great femme fatales of the film noir era, often playing "bad girl" archetypes in 1940s

-Actresses from that era were always so dolled up. Was it hard to be perfectly groomed at all times?

-Those undergarments were pretty demanding. It’s time-consuming to put on a bustier and a little corset every day. But you’re immediately more poised than you would be in modern-day clothes. And it makes it easy to get into character. Source:

The Truth Behind the Real-Life 'Gangster Squad': "You probably figured that the movie was Hollywood-tized, but I feel like it’s my duty to confirm that fact. The characters are real, yes, the situation is real, yes, but the violence in the movie is outlandish and bears no accuracy to the reality of the Gangster Squad’s actions. My mom likes to say 'they didn’t use bullets. They used their brains.' Yet violence sells more than cleverness, so unsurprisingly violence won," she said. "All I ask is to keep that in the back of your mind: the real Jack O’Mara fired his gun once. And only once." Source:

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