Sean Penn’s mob film “Gangster Squad,” the equivalent of Al Pacino’s “Scarface” is suddenly causing panic for Warner Bros because it includes a movie theater massacre scene that comes a little to close to the Denver theater mass murder.
A trailer for “Gangster Squad” was released in May without much fanfare. It was scheduled to run at theater owners’ discretion during previews before showing “The Dark Knight Rises” this weekend..
But Warner Bros, which is the studio for both films, apparently felt the movie’s massacre scene was a little to close for comfort to the theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., and decided to pull the clip, according to deadlinehollywood.
About 30 percent of the theaters scheduled to show the Batman film were also slated to show the Gangster Squad trailer. The scene, however, bears little resemblance to the Aurora shooting other than it takes place in a theater.
The scene at 2:33 into the trailer, shows five men wearing trench coats and fedoras shooting from behind the movie screen into the theater with Thompson sub-machine guns. The gunmen burst through the screen after it’s ripped to shreds by the bullets and continue firing into the crowd.
This morning, Warner Bros notified theaters to pull the trailer to avoid disturbing theatergoers, according to deadline. A second trailer will be released without the scene.
The movie, starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn and Josh Brolin, is loosely based on a true story about an East Coast Mafia crime figure who moves to Los Angeles and attempts to corner the market on drugs, prostitution and gambling. An “off-the-books” rogue unit of Los Angeles police detectives is formed to stop them.
The film is rife with non-stop violence. Check out the offending trailer below: