If you thought the Fred Astaire inspired dance/fight sequence from Inception was tough, just wait until you catch Joseph Gordon-Levitt weave his way through NYC traffic on a bike. Premium Rush, opening Friday, is an adrenaline driven action film focusing on a bike messenger named Wilee (Gordon-Levitt) who must deliver an important envelope across town and elude a corrupt cop (Michael Shannon) in the process. Dania Ramirez (Entourage) is Wilee’s girlfriend and fellow messenger who helps him on his dangerous quest.
Although Gordon-Levitt had four stunt doubles to aid him during the shoot, the actor still trained for five days a week for six weeks to prepare for the role. Much of the movie has Gordon-Levitt on a bike, surrounded by vehicles, and if he doesn’t look believable on a bike (he actually does), then the movie fails.
The actor received a “kernel of wisdom” about biking from the messengers he met during production. Click on the media bar below to hear Gordon-Levitt share his biking knowledge, a theory which he believes can also be applied to life (Ramirez is also heard in the clip):
Premium Rush is directed by David Koepp, whose previous directing credits include Ghost Town and the creepy (and first rate) Johnny Depp thriller Secret Window.
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Posted by Greg Srisavasdi (Twitter: @Gsrisavasdi)