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'Man on a Ledge' preems at the Chinese

Elizabeth Banks felt no fear at Monday’s preem at the Chinese for “Man on a Ledge.” Filming the Summit thriller was also fairly terror free — even with much of the action taking place at 21 stories up in midtown Manhattan.

“I’m a thrill seeker so I look forward to things like cliff diving and the roller coasters at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio,” Banks noted. “I loved doing the ledge scenes, but we did have to take a break every 45 minutes or so. You get totally exhausted.”

Asger Leth recalled that the ledge scenes required that seven blocks surrounding the Roosevelt Hotel had to be closed down for the shoot, forcing the production to shoot only on weekends. “We started on the ledge on the first day of shooting, I went out on the ledge first because I couldn’t ask the actors to do it if I didn’t do it myself,” said Leth.

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