Joseph Gordon-Levitt Rides the 'Premium Rush'

by David Weiner 12:45 PM PDT, August 14, 2012
Playing Joseph Gordon-Levitt Rides the 'Premium Rush'

The Dark Knight Rises star Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets a Premium Rush of adrenaline in his action-packed new movie, in theaters August 24, and he says his bike messenger character "has to focus" -- or he'll crash!

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"When you're riding in New York, you have to be a hundred percent focused on riding; you can't think about anything else," says Gordon-Levitt. "At any given time there's a hundred different things coming at you that you have to make sure you don't hit."

In Premium Rush, Gordon-Levitt plays Wilee, New York's best bicycle messenger. Agile and aggressive, he dodges speeding cars, crazed cabbies and eight million cranky pedestrians on a daily basis. But when his last envelope of the day -- a routine "premium rush" run -- turns out to be one that people would kill for, his delivery becomes a life-or-death chase through the streets of Manhattan.

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Directed by David Koepp (Secret Window, Stir of Echoes), the film also stars Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez and Jamie Chung.