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First Look: Gordon-Levitt as Bike Messenger in Premium Rush

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July 20, 2010
Source: Just Jared

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

I frickin' love Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He's an incredibly talented actor, he's such a nice and friendly guy, and he picks some of the best roles. It was announced a couple of months ago that Gordon-Levitt would be starring in an upcoming bike messenger "chase thriller" titled Premium Rush, from writer/director David Koepp. Now that Inception is out, Joe is starting shooting on that film, and has been in New York City riding bikes around for training and for preparation. Just Jared (via SlashFilm) snapped a few photos of Gordon-Levitt riding his bike around the street during a shoot for the film in New York's Upper West Side yesterday.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Premium Rush

Sure, it's not all that revealing to see Gordon-Levitt looking like your typical bike messenger that taxi cabs run over hundreds of times a day in Manhattan, but this is one movie I can't wait to see. I don't know why, but the concept of a bike messenger action thriller hits the spot with me. Gordon-Levitt plays a messenger who picks up an envelope at Columbia Univ, only to be chased throughout the city by a dirty cop desperate to get his hands on it. I had heard in my interview with Joe that he was riding his bike every day for hours to train to become a truly kick ass messenger; and after Inception, we know he likes to do all of his own stunts.

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  • Sean
    The Secret Window director? JGL? I'M SO IN!
  • Xerxex
    Yeah I'm in. He's in the ranks of Bale, DiCaprio, Foster, and many more.
  • http://wanderingbell.blogspot.com Bill
    Wasn't this called Quicksilver?
  • graffiti bandit
    I read the script and really liked it. I can easily see JGL in the role.
  • http://www.cine-escape.com Sakyo
    He was the only actor on GIJoe that i liked..He has a great future
  • Darren
    he seems like a totally chill guy to hang with
  • http://sillysil.net/ SillySil
    Looking forward to see the trailer. He is so talented and very attractive. ;)
  • http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/2408/blackbabyjesus.gif Crapola
    Yep, he's pretty good to watch, but surely he should be more of a hipster bike messenger. See attached thumbnail: http://thefreewheels.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/wannabe-messenger.jpg It's funny how a year ago it was actually so trendy to ride a fixed gear bike and be a courier that folk who had semi decent jobs were quitting them and going into that profession. Only to be taken out by a taxi. Probably how this film got made (again). It also looks like he has a brake on that bike. No way is that cool. Break free! I've been sniffing glue all day. Apologies.
  • M
    I am not sure if that bike has brakes. You are right #8 based on the description he is suppose to be a daredevil biker who doesn't have any brakes on it.
  • Dan
    Wow alot of coverage lately for an overrated actor!
  • John Vinci
    I guess if you are in a Nolan film you are the now Hollywoods greatest actor! When I was younger we herald seasoned actors, ones that were masters of their craft after years and years of experience. Not young actors who have the potential for greatness, with still years and years of stage and screen ahead of them.
  • Gary M
    He has the smile of an angel.
  • talli
    i stopped by the set today, they were shooting a chase scene with a taxi.. Shouted "HitRecord!!!" at Joe, he grinned and gave me the devil's horns haha
  • Xerxex
    @ John Vinci Gordon-Levitt has shown time and again thet he possesses vast talent, see the film Brick and you will be swayed. Dan if anything JGL is obscenely underrated.
  • crumb
    yeah, anyone hating on JGL hasn't seen Brick, Mysterious Skin, 500 days, or the Look out. and if you have, and still hate him, then you're just an idiot.
  • I am...
    I agree with #2 That was brilliant casting to put him next to Dicaprio in Inception as they are incredibly talented
  • Leo
    I agree with #12. In no way is that meant to be homoerotic.
  • Craig
    Why is he wearing a chain? Looks stupid.
  • jeff
    the chain is to lock your bike up........ also the bike definitely has a brake as you can see the brake lever clearly in the above picture. also rocking a flip flop hub....i'd imagine he should be riding fixie for day to day train up and in the movie itself

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