CULTUREGangster SquadDirector Ruben Fleischer takes us on a perp walk through his stylish L.A. Noir. Click here to read the article.by Fan Zhong09.01.12Photographs: Wilson Webb1Photographs: Wilson WebbThis was our very first day of shooting. Josh Brolin plays John O-Mara, a hard-nosed cop headed into the hornet’s nest—mob boss Mickey Cohen’s HQ. He’s trapped in an elevator with two thugs, but he fights his way out.2Photographs: Wilson WebbA police chase ends with a crash through a skylight and directly into this studio during a pinup shoot with Bettie Page (played by Nancy McCrumb).3Photographs: Wilson WebbIn this scene, Ryan Gosling’s character, Jerry Wooters (a cop), introduces himself to Grace Faraday, played by Emma Stone. Obviously they have great chemistry.4Photographs: Wilson WebbMe and Nick Notle, who plays the police cheif, Bill Parker. In the script, he’s likened to Richard the Lionheart. Only Nolte could pull that off.5Photographs: Wilson WebbOne of my favorite locations: Clifton’s, a real restaurant that’s been in Los Angeles since the thirties. A time warp.6Photographs: Wilson WebbIt was hard to re-create vintage LA—there are so many tall buildings now. We had to go to the outer reaches of the city, to neighborhoods like Sylmar.7Photographs: Wilson WebbA turning point for Gosling’s character: A little kid gets killed by Cohen’s assassins ina shoot-out. This is when he decides to get on board—as it says in the script, “the long-sleeping cop comes to life.”8Photographs: Wilson WebbThe full squad: Brolin, Robert Patrick, Anthony Mackie, Michael Pena, Gosling and Giovanni Ribisi. Six amazing actors—and some of the funniest dudes ever assembled.