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Gangster Squad Being Reshot to Protect Our Precious Innocence

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | July 25, 2012 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | July 25, 2012 |

When we last checked in with Gangster Squad, it was a beautiful spring day, and we were lamenting the waste of a fantastic cast and a lot of dapper period clothes on a lazy exercise in cliche. But the studio behind Gangster Squad figured that the best way to get us to talk about their film was to make it piss us off anymore.

Warner Brothers has frantically pulled the trailer for Gangster Squad, which was running in front of The Dark Knight Rises, because it features a scene in which mobsters open fire in a theater. Not only that, Warner is trying to drag the actors back to reshoot scenes in order to fully excise the offending scene from the film. I’m reminded of networks removing the World Trade Center from television shows with CGI. I’m reminded of the occasional television episode that gets bumped to air out of order three months later in a dead slot, if ever, because it happens to touch too close to reality.

Great art reflects reality, it’s a twisted mirror that emphasizes and distracts and somehow in the end shows us something more real than reality. A great artist would cut off his arm before changing the work to avoid drawing those parallels. A studio though? They recoil like an elbow brushing a still hot burner if their excuse for art touches a nerve that resonates. People might get mad, they might get upset, the studios worry at night as they doze atop their piles of money. When art becomes a business, this is the consequence. Art that actually manages that feat of touching a nerve is sent back for reshoots.

But then, this demonstrates quite clearly that this film was never much art to begin with, that the initial conclusions that it was a mindless repetition of pretty people shooting at each other was dead on correct. I’m convinced now Warner, go ahead with the reshoots and the editting. Anything to ensure that your finished product does not make people think or feel in the least.

(source: Cinema Blend)

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