Friday, January 13, 2012

New Poster for Woody Harrelson's 'Rampart'

Great new poster. Must-see. Must-freaking-see. Harrelson plays a cop trying to deal with the fallout of the LAPD Rampart scandal. This is a cool story. When I first saw trailers I figured it was all a bit of Hollywood hyperbole. It looked good -- didn't come off comic bookish, but just seemed a little convenient. But...not. Not even.

From the Wikipedia page:

The Rampart scandal refers to widespread corruption in the Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (or CRASH) anti-gang unit of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Rampart Division in the late 1990s. More than 70 police officers in the CRASH unit were implicated in misconduct, making it one of the most widespread cases of documented police misconduct in United States history. The convicted offenses include unprovoked shootings, unprovoked beatings, planting of evidence, framing of suspects, stealing and dealing narcotics, bank robbery, perjury, and covering up evidence of these activities.[1]

CRASH? There's a dated acronym. Sounds set up to fail. There's more:

On November 6, 1997, $722,000 was stolen in an armed robbery of a Los Angeles branch of Bank of America. After one month of investigation, assistant bank manager Errolyn Romero confessed to her role in the crime and implicated her boyfriend, LAPD officer David Mack, as the mastermind. Mack was sentenced to 14 years and three months in federal prison. He has never revealed the whereabouts of the money, bragging to fellow inmates that he will be a millionaire[7] by the time he is released.

It goes on like that. Reads like a bad TV script. Worth a read.

Love the detail. You might have missed it:

'Rampart' is looking very nice. Set for release February 10. Can't wait.

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