‘Premium Rush’ Star Joseph Gordon-Levitt Talks On-Set Accident: ‘I Was Flooded With Adrenaline’

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During filming for his new bike-messenger thriller Premium Rush, star Joseph Gordon-Levitt got caught up in a premium crash that left him with a bloody arm and a whopping 31 stitches.

But how did it all happen?

The 31-year-old actor recently spoke to Celebuzz about the bloody incident, during which he revealed it was caused by, of all people, a diplomat.

“A diplomat broke through our lock-up,” Gordon-Levitt explained. “In New York City, you have the United Nations, so there’s diplomats driving around –and apparently they can break the law.”

As Gordon-Levitt tells it, the unnamed offender drove carelessly through cones that were placed around the shooting location — not to mention a police car that was double-parked alongside the bike route the actors were supposed to use.


“I ended up going through the rear window of a taxi cab and getting 31 stitches,” he said.

Remarkably, Gordon-Levitt claims he didn’t even feel a thing.

“I was flooded with adrenaline when it happened,” he said. “You don’t feel any pain when your arm breaks open.”

After the accident occurred, Gordon-Levitt — who was bleeding profusely — called director David Koepp over and told him to shoot some video.


“He took out his phone and recorded it. I was stoked that they actually put it in [the movie],” he said.

In the movie — which required the use of multiple stunt doubles — Gordon-Levitt plays Wilee, a New York-based bike messenger who finds himself in the middle of a high-speed chase as a dirty cop (Michael Shannon) tries to intercept an envelope he’s delivering.

Inside the envelope: a ticket worth thousands of dollars.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.


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