New York Film Locations

Man on a Ledge Film Locations

16 February 2012

Man on a Ledge has recently been shown in cinemas and will be released on DVD later this year. The action thriller stars Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris and newcomer Génesis Rodríguez and was filmed in New York City, primary at the Roosevelt Hotel in midtown Manhattan, where an escaped convict stages a suicide attempt in a desperate bid to prove his innocence.

When it came to puzzling out the scenes in which Sam Worthington is leaning against a building's outside wall for dear life in Man on a Ledge, the filmmakers knew that nothing would be more effective than a genuine precipice in New York City. With hundreds of buildings in New York City, finding a ledge, let alone the right ledge, involved a lot of thought. In the beginning there was a lot of debate over how high the ledge should be as some people from the production wanted it lower so that Sam could actually have more direct interaction with crowds. Some people said, no, it has to be a lot higher or else the danger isn't enough. It was agreed that the ledge should be between the 18th and 22nd floor, high enough to create unease and low enough so that the people, and city below were more than specks. It soon became clear that The Roosevelt Hotel, also known as the "Grand Dame of Madison Avenue" built in 1924 and located at Madison Avenue and 45th Street in midtown Manhattan was the ideal setting.

The ledge still presented multiple challenges, so a skybox (a hotel room set), had to be constructed and placed upon the top of the famed hotel's roof. Three ledge sets were ultimately built to complete filming. The filmmakers had a stunt wall set, a version of the set that's in the parking lot at the stage in Long Island, the interior stage portion of the set where the ceiling's only 26 feet high and the sky box portion at the actual Roosevelt Hotel.

The Roosevelt Hotel has been featured in such films as 1408, The French Connection, Boiler Room and the romantic comedy, Maid in Manhattan.

Apart from the Roosevelt Hotel, other locations in New York included Lutheran Cemetery near Metropolitan Avenue and 65th Lane in Queens, 6th Avenue between 44th and 45th Streets, Lexington Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets and the Old Town Bar on 18th Street between Park Avenue and Broadway.

Sam Worthington who plays Nick Cassidy, has featured in such films as Hart's War, The Great Raid, Avatar and Terminator Salvation, and stars alongside Elizabeth Banks and Edward Burns, both of which have featured in several New York based films. Burns features at number 8 in the Top 20 Actors Chart which was compiled in January 2012, with such titles as The Brothers McMullen, Ash Wednesday and 15 Minutes.

Newcomer Genesis Rodriguez who plays Angie, is rapidly emerging as one of Hollywood's most engaging young talents and will next star in Gary Sanchez Productions' Spanish-language comedy "Casa de mi Padre" opposite Will Ferrell, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. She most recently starred in the US TV show "Entourage" as Sarah.


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