Premium Rush is an upcoming movie that will be shown this Friday, August 24th 2012 where speeding cars, zooming cabbies and more than eight million pedestrian is Wilee’s (played Joseph Gordon-Levitt) normal life in New York. Wilee is the best bicycle messengers in NY due to his agile and aggressive talents. He is also one of the talented people who can ride a “fixie” which is a super lightweight bike with a single gear that has no brakes. This is all but a piece of cake for Wilee until one day where things become a life and death chase in Manhattan. Wilee picks up the last of his envelope of the day but he finds out that the package is different from the others and this is when he finds out that someone is out trying to kill him. Let’s take a look at this new movie starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt entitled “Premium Rush”
“Behind The Scenes With Joseph Gordon-Levitt In The Movie: Premium Rush
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is having quite a summer. He appeared as police officer John Blake in the box office hit “The Dark Knight Rises.” He now stars as Wilee, a bike messenger in the real Gotham who winds up in the crosshairs of a crooked cop while delivering a package across town in “Premium Rush.”
Gordon-Levitt describes the bicycle action adventure, in which he spends most his screen time dodging cabs, pedestrians and his determined antagonist (played by Michael Shannon), as one of the most physically demanding roles of his career. David Koeppdirects from a screenplay he wrote with John Kamps.
While every effort was made to protect Gordon-Levitt and his co-stars from injury during production, the 31-year-old actor got his arm sliced open when a car was parked where it wasn’t supposed to be and the actor went tumbling into the rear window of a taxi. The aftermath can be seen during the film’s closing credits.
The 31 stitches notwithstanding, Gordon-Levitt relished the experience. The native Angeleno recently talked about his movie experience on two wheels and shooting in the Big Apple.
Q: Can you talk about your accident?
Gordon-Levitt: Yeah. I should start off by saying that everyone on the set, Dave, the director, and everyone on down was very safety conscious. (The accident) was a perfect storm of a lot of things all going wrong at once. To make a long story short, a diplomat broke through our lock up. In New York City, you have the United Nations so there’s diplomats driving around. They can break the law. So, he broke through our cones and double-parked right in the middle of where we were going. Basically, I ended up going through the rear window of a taxicab and getting 31 stitches. Everyone was worried.
Q: What happened next?
Gordon-Levitt: I was flooded with adrenaline right when it happened. You don’t feel any pain right when your arm breaks open. So, I was just like, “Oh my God. Jesus. I’m sorry. I’m okay. I’m sorry.” Dave (Koepp) ran up and was like, “Are you okay?” He was terrified. I was like, “You’ve got to record this, man. Look at this. This is crazy.” So, I convinced him to take out his phone and record some video. I was stoked that he actually put it in the movie.”
The rest of the interview can be read at The Examiner
Premium Rush is directed by David Koepp and features Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon and Dania Ramirez
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