Austin Abrams: "All My ['Gangster Squad'] Scenes Were With Ryan Gosling"

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Okay, so we didn't speak to Ryan himself, but we did get a chance to do a Q&A with Austin Abrams who worked with the heartthrob in the movie Gangster Squad.

C: Can you tell us a little about your character?
AA: I play Pete, who is a shoeshine boy trying to make a buck. He gives inside information to Ryan Gosling's character, Jerry Wooters, about the gangsters.

C: What was your favorite scene to shoot?
AA: My favorite scene to shoot was when my character gives information to Jerry Wooters about Mickey Cohen's plans. It was a very action-based scene and was a lot of fun to do.

C: Did any of your cast mates give you career advice?
AA: From what I can remember I don't think I was given any career advice, but I can say that my cast members taught me a lot.

C: How was it working with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone? Any specific memories of being on set with each of them?
AA: All my scenes were with Ryan Gosling, and the thing I remember most was Ryan's dedication to perfection in making every scene better.

C: Did any pranks get pulled on set? Who would be considered the prankster?
AA: I can't say I remember any pranks being pulled on set. Everyone was pretty dedicated to the work and just coming up with different ways to do the scenes. It was a very creative and collaborative set.

C: The movie takes place in the '40s and '50s; if you could live in any era, which would it be and why?
AA: I think I would most likely choose the Renaissance, just because it sounds like such an extremely creative time.

C: What was it like shooting a period piece? Was there any research involved?
AA: Shooting a period piece was beautiful because you had this classy feel anywhere you walked on set. There was definitely an extensive amount of research involved because as a period piece, people of course in the 1940s behaved differently and spoke differently.

Photo credit: Blake Gardner

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