Premium Rush: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dania Ramirez on Bike Messenger Training
08.21.12 by BrentJS
Who says acting isn't hard work? In order to play a convincing New York City bicycle messenger in writer-director David Koepp's (Ghost Town) new thriller, Premium Rush, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises) "rode every day, all day" — logging as many as 60 miles in one day! — and did many of his own bicycle stunts. Even so, Gordon-Levitt gives credit where credit is due, admitting to our own Jeremy Parsons that he had four stunt doubles to fall back on for some of the tougher scenes. He also gave major props to actress Dania Ramirez (Quarantine), saying that his co-star would most likely beat him in a race. Ramirez was equally as generous, touting Gordon-Levitt's "tricks" and his ability to brake without using brakes.
Premium Rush was co-written by John Kamps, who previously collaborated with Koepp in writing the screenplay for the 2008 comedy Ghost Town. Here's the synopsis:
Dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies, open doors, and eight million cranky pedestrians is all in a day’s work for Wilee, the best of New York’s agile and aggressive bicycle messengers. It takes a special breed to ride the fixie — super lightweight, single-gear bikes with no brakes and riders who are equal part skilled cyclists and suicidal nutcases who risk becoming a smear on the pavement every time they head into traffic.
But a guy who’s used to putting his life on the line is about to get more than even he is used to when a routine delivery turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan. When Wilee picks up his last envelope of the day on a premium rush run, he discovers this package is different. This time, someone is actually trying to kill him.
The cast of Premium Rush also includes Michael Shannon (Take Shelter) and Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch). It opens this Friday.