Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dania Ramirez feel the ‘Rush’

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dania Ramirez had no shortage of bruises after shooting their stunt-heavy scenes in “Premium Rush.”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dania Ramirez got a hell of a workout and a detailed tour of New York City making “Premium Rush,” in which they play fast-moving bike messengers. Metro sat down with the stars to talk about filming in the city and how dangerous even pretending to be a bike messenger can be — and to nitpick some geographical inconsistencies in the film.

Joe, you actually went through a cab’s windshield while filming. Were there other particularly close calls or dangerous moments for either of you?

Dania Ramirez: There was one time where I had to do a take where I had to jump the curb to get back on the sidewalk, and this UPS truck just decided to pull out of nowhere right in front of me, and I had to turn my bike and skid and the whole nine. Every single day we filmed the movie, it was always in the back of my mind: “I hope I don’t fall today.” Because I fell so many times. [Laughs]

It can be tricky making a movie in New York, worrying about continuity issues when you turn corners.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Actually, the movie’s really good about that. It’s pretty … I’m trying to think if there were any.


Well, the 1 train doesn’t actually go above ground south of Columbia University.

JGL: And he would be going south. That’s right, that’s right. We did. You’re totally right. We shot that chase scene up in, like, the high 130s. But it looked awesome. I guess I wasn’t worried about that. I just got done shooting a movie where Gotham City is made up of L.A., Pittsburgh, New York and parts of outside London. So to me, if it’s seamless in the movie it doesn’t really bother me.

How was the experience of shooting on campus at Columbia, your alma mater?

JGL: It was a trip, man, because we shot in 2010, which is basically exactly 10 years after I arrived as a freshman and was living in John Jay, so yeah. It’s just a bizarre thing to make it back 10 years later. It was the first time I had shot on campus.


Have either of you seen the 1986 Kevin Bacon film “Quicksilver” before?

DR: I’ve had so many people come up to me and tell me about it.

JGL: Especially people who are into bikes, I’ve found. “Oh, so you’re doing ‘Quicksilver.’” It’s like, I guess I’ve got to see this movie. S—, sorry. I still haven’t watched it.

DR: At this point I kind of don’t even want to. [Laughs]

In what parts of NYC were you particularly excited to film?

DR: I was looking forward to riding around Chinatown. I just think on film it’s so interesting to watch that part of the city.

JGL: I liked shooting uptown, actually, even if it might be a little inconsistent. [laughs] That part of town is maybe a little lesser known, and it is so pretty — maybe not pretty in the sense of peaceful or whatever, but it’s a really visually striking part of town with the train up there. And it’s a part of town that I spent a fair amount of time in because I went to school up there and lived in Harlem for a year and a half.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

DA: Homeless man severely beat by men in…

Two former college football players pleaded not guilty to the alleged severe beating of a homeless man in Allston earlier this year.

National

Hamas, Abbas's PLO announce reconciliation agreement

The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed on Wednesday to a unity pact.

Local

Reports: Dead man pulled from water at Boston's…

A dead man was reportedly pulled from the water at Boston's Long Wharf Wednesday afternoon, according to the Boston Fire Department.

Local

Primark to make US debut in Boston

Dublin retailer Primark will make its U.S. debut with a store at the former Filene's site in Boston.

Television

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ recap: Episode 9

It was only an hour-long episode, but there's a lot to cover this week. The drama of Survivor strikes again as the identity of the…

Going Out

Thursty: Revamped Audubon is back in action

Having been a long time fan of Trina's Starlite Lounge in Inman Square, one of my only complaints about the place is that there's only…

Entertainment

Here's what to do in Boston this weekend

MUSIC Huun Huur Tu Friday, 8 p.m. First Church in Cambridge 11 Garden St., Cambridge $28, 617-876-4275 www.worldmusic.org This group comes from the tiny nation…

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, April 23: 'Suburgatory,' 'Modern…

'Suburgatory' The men of "Suburgatory" go camping and Tessa mentors a social outcast in a Miss Chatswin contest, which brings her, once again, into conflict…

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox top Yankees, 5-1

John Lackey shines, Pineda ejected in Red Sox win

NHL

Bruins - Red Wings Game 4 preview: Boston…

Bruins - Red Wings Game 4 preview: Boston greedy for more dominance

MLB

Fantasy baseball: Searching for early season prospects

It’s relatively rare for a mediocre 30-year-old hitter to suddenly go nuts offensively for 162 games. That’s why minor league prospects are so exciting.

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC 'targeting' US international Mix Diskerud

Metro New York has learned Mix Diskerud has drawn “interest” from the expansion MLS side, NYCFC.

Style

Pippa Middleton's Etsy pick: Golden Thread Jewelry

Get a look at the jewelry Pippa Middleton loves and find out how you can buy it too.

Parenting

What every parent needs to know to get…

Mom and author of "Small Talk," Tracey Blake, shares her five practical tips to help you develop your children's language skills.

Sex

Subway crush: Meet your soulmate on your commute

Read about a couple who has been 40 years after meeting on the train.

Tech

Happy birthday, Game Boy! The handheld console turns…

Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 this week. To commemorate, we look at some of its better games, like "Tetris" and "The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening."