GANGSTER SQUAD (Warner Bros. Pictures/Wilson Webb) Josh Brolin, on the run from an unrelenting killer (Javier Bardem) in No Country for Old Men, does the chasing this time around with the 1949 set Los Angeles noir Gangster Squad.  As Sgt. John O’Mara, Brolin heads up a crew of brave cops (including Ryan Gosling and Anthony Mackie) to take down crime lord Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn, who’s giving Robert De Niro’s scenery chewing Al Capone from The Untouchables a run for his money).

During a recent Gangster Squad press conference, Brolin admitted to reporters that shaping O’Mara was actually found during the editing process.  One of the two editors credited for the film, Alan Baumgarten, cut Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer’s previous films 30 Minutes or Less and Zombieland.

“(O’Mara) was less of a laconic character when we filmed it,” says Brolin, who also starred last year in Men in Black 3.  “And then in editing we found it much better to have me shut up and go for more of that Bogie*/Clint Eastwood type thing.  It seemed to balance things better.  Even what you do on the set isn’t necessarily right.  Thank god for editing.”

To hear Josh Brolin’s full quote on creating Sgt John O’Mara, click on the media bar below (he also references his American Gangster role in the clip):

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Gangster Squad opens nationwide January 11th.

**Bogie was Humphrey Bogart’s nickname.

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posted by Greg Srisavasdi (Twitter: @Gvasdi)