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Elizabeth Banks does own stunts in 'Man on a Ledge'

January 25, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Elizabeth Banks puts on a police badge for her role in "Man on a Ledge." She finds herself involved in a drama 22 stories high, and it was more real than you might expect.

In the film, Banks plays an NYPD crisis negotiator, who tries to get an escaped convict, played by Sam Worthington, safely off a hotel room ledge.

He's out to prove his innocence for a crime he swears he did not commit, and he's got the wheels in motion. This is an action-drama-crime-thriller caper.

"I get to run around with a gun, and I got to go out on this ledge and do a truly terrifying stunt," Banks said. "I really just thought that would be a really cool challenge for myself. I found I was very compelled by this character and the idea of sort of being in, frankly, just a fun action movie."

Luckily for Banks, she's not afraid of heights. But the idea of human error did give her a scare.

"We wanted to give you vertigo. We wanted to put that pit in your stomach of like standing...22 stories above Madison Avenue in New York City on 14 inches on concrete. So just take your shoe and add about an inch, and that's it," said Banks. "There's, you know, birds flying around and we've got camera guys and the only thing holding us up there are shoestring-sized wires."

"Man on a Ledge" takes moviegoers to the edge this Friday. It's rated PG-13.