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Man On A Ledge - Sam Worthington DVD interview

Man on A Ledge, Sam Worthington

Feature by Jack Foley

SAM Worthington talks about some of the challenges of making Man On A Ledge and why it offers something different from a lot of other action movies.

He also talks about overcoming his fear of heights to take the plunge, so to speak, and why he enjoys being in some of the biggest movies of the moment. Man On A Ledge is released on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, June 11, 2012.

Q. How is Man On A Ledge different from other action movies?
Sam Worthington: It’s got something that is different to other action movies… I get to stay still and act for a bit, not just go around yelling. The movie’s about a man on a ledge, cause that’s what the title is called, but what are all the different obstacles that this guy faces? It isn’t just will he or won’t he jump, or will he or won’t he fall. It’s will he or won’t he prove his innocence. And is he innocent? The journey of this man, that’s going to be compelling and exciting for an audience, you know?

Q. What attracted you to the role?
Sam Worthington: I was partially intrigued by the role because of my fear of heights, and the majority of the scenes on the ledge were set to be shot on the real ledge of the Roosevelt Hotel, over 200 feet above 45th Street in midtown Manhattan.

Q. How did you prepare for the role?
Sam Worthington: I don’t think you can. I think you just have to get out the window and do it. If you get out of a window at a hotel they’re going to tell you to get back in. Stunt men can tell you what it’s going to be like, but, it’s like falling in love. Until you do it yourself, it’s too hard to imagine. It’s an interesting idea for a film. People would ask me: “What’s going on up there?” And I think that’s exactly what they should be feeling. They shouldn’t know what’s going on up there, and formulate their own ideas about what’s going on with this man. So, that’s exactly what the crowd is, another character.

Q. What do you love about being an actor making some of the biggest movies in history [Avatar]?
Sam Worthington: You hope to give the audience a great movie, that’s how I simply look at movies, is that people pay to go and see them, and they want to be transported into whatever time frame or environment, and feel that they’re there and feel that what’s at stake is compelling enough to sit in that seat and stay tuned.

Man On A Ledge is released on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, June 11, 2012.