While Joseph Gordon-Levitt may be best known for romantic fare like (500) Days of Summer, he’s made quite a name for himself in the world of kick ass action movies—like, say, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and the upcoming Looper.
But if you ask him, his most challenging role is Wilee, a bike messenger who gets entangled in a nasty chase when he unwittingly begins to transport a very-much desired package, in Premium Rush.
“Physically, just as far as the physical challenge, this was the hardest,” JGL explained at the press junket for the movie, held at the W Hotel in Hollywood. “Inception would come in a close second, but I was on a bike every day, all day. The whole movie is on a bike. Inception has cool action sequences, but this is the entire movie.”
Costar and love interest Dania Ramirez recalled the grueling training for the film, explaining, “We trained for like six weeks prior to actually going to New York City…It was a lot of endurance, because you couldn’t run out of breath. You had to get your scene across and still be going really fast.”
And, like any good action movie, Joseph was left with a scar to remember his time on set—a bloody injury that even made its way into the credits of the movie!
“There was a bit of an accident. I should start off by saying that everyone on the set—Dave [Koepp], the director and everyone on down—was very safety conscious,” the actor told us. “It was a perfect storm of a lot of things going wrong at once. To make a long story short, a diplomat broke through our lockup. In NYC, you have the United Nations so there’s diplomats driving around—”
“There’s no rules for diplomats,” Dania interjected.
He continued, “They can break the law. So he broke through our cones and the cops and double parked right in the middle of where we were going, and basically I ended up going through the rear window of a taxi cab and getting 31 stitches.”
“Everyone was worried, of course…I’m 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 OK!’ and Dave ran up and was like, ‘Are you OK?!’ and he was terrified and I was like, ‘You gotta record this, man, it’s crazy!’”
The new-found action star must be resilient too, because, as Dania gushed, “He was at work the next day, with a smile on his face.”
by John Boone