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Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn starred in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, married Madonna, and directed Jack Nicholson in two films.
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Penn played a former rock star who searched for a Nazi war criminal to avenge his father.
Penn tackled an infamous role in Gangster Squad (2013), a movie about the clash between law enforcement and organized crime in Los Angeles in the 1940s and 1950s. He portrayed the notorious crime boss Mickey Cohen in the film,
and Ryan Gosling played a member of the police force who opposes him. The film had been scheduled for a fall 2012 release, but it was delayed because of one of its scenes was a little too close to reality. In the film, there is a shootout scene in a movie theater, much like the July 2012 shootings inside a Colorado movie theater. Warner Brothers, the studio behind Gangster Squad, made some edits to the film in light of the Colorado movie theater killings.
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