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'Gangster Squad' costume designer on dressing Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Sean Penn


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“We took inspiration from the real Mickey Cohen, but we didn’t base [Sean’s] clothes on his,” admits Zophres, who says she had a good reason for taking sartorial license with the character’s wardrobe. “He was a shlumpy, roly-poly guy who wore suits [made of]  slick fabric. You don’t want Sean Penn to look like the real Mickey Cohen. We wanted [Sean’s character] to look fierce and intimidating; He beats the crap out of the sheriff in walking slippers.”

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