Trivia / Gangster Squad

  • Actor Allusion: Both this film and Mulholland Falls were based on the real-life LAPD "Hat Squad." In Mulholland Falls, Nick Nolte led the squad; here, he's Da Chief.
  • All-Star Cast: Most of the main cast, including Brolin, Gosling, Stone, Penn, Ribisi, Mackie, Nolte, Patrick and Peña.
  • Box Office Bomb: In the United States. Budget, $60 million. Box office, $46,000,903 (domestic), $105,200,903 (worldwide). This was not helped by the film being delayed thanks to the Aurora, Colorado shootings.
  • Creator Killer:
    • Writer Will Beall did not write another cinematic film until the Aquaman movie for DC.
    • The movie also put a serious dent in Ruben Fleischer's directing career; his next job wouldn't come for 4-5 years.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: After a similar real life incident left a couple individuals dead, a scene of a shootout in a movie theater was cut from the movie and replaced.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: In light of an actual incident, the trailers and ads were pulled from films and TV due to a scene where a shoot out takes place in a movie theater. The cast and crew actually got together afterward to film another scene (the Chinatown sting operation) to replace the cinema scene. The result was the film being pushed back several months, but the filmmakers avoided some serious backlash.