One false move, and Sam Worthington is a dead man... The Avatar star plays the title character in Man on a Ledge, in theaters Friday, and he explains that the edge-of-your-seat thriller has a Martin Riggs/Lethal Weapon vibe to it.
"It's like an old '80s movie; that's why I've got the '80s mullet going," Sam says with a laugh about his character's 'do. "Someone said, 'The '80s called and Jean-Claude Van Damme wants his hair back,' which I thought was a great comment."
'Man on a Ledge' is a 'Rip-Roaring, Fun Ride'
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 Banks) trying to talk him down. But the longer they are on the ledge, the more she realizes that he might have an ulterior objective...
Elizabeth tells 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."
The ensemble cast of Man on a Ledge also features Kyra Sedgwick, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Edward Burns, Anthony Mackie and Genesis Rodriguez.