Don't Look Down: How They Shot 'Man on a Ledge'
By DAVID WEINER
May 24, 2012
In these days of CGI and movie magic it's easy to think that the stars of Man on a Ledge were nowhere near an actual building ledge 20 stories high – but you'd be sadly mistaken, as this exclusive clip from the upcoming Ledge DVD demonstrates.
Watch as the stars including Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks and Edward Burns talk about rigging up in harnesses and stepping out onto the scary precipice. And just think: the film's cameramen had to do it every day, sometimes backwards!
Elizabeth told ET that although she considers herself a bit of a thrill-seeker and daredevil for actually getting out on the ledge for the movie, the true heroes of the film were the camera guys who would step out there to capture the action – eyes through the viewfinder with no peripheral vision, with only a "shoestring" wire and "a guy holding their belt" to keep them steady. Meanwhile, she admits, "I was constantly also concerned that a bird was going to fly into my head."
Man on a Ledge casts Sam as an ex-cop and now-wanted fugitive who climbs onto the ledge of a high-rise building. Drawing crowds hundreds of feet below, Sam soon finds himself face-to-face with a New York Police Department negotiator (Elizabeth) trying to talk him down. But the longer they are on the ledge, the more she realizes that he might have an ulterior objective... Kyra Sedgwick, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Anthony Mackie and Genesis Rodriguez also star.
Look for Man on a Ledge on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday, May 29.