Elizabeth Banks, Edward Burns Talk On-Screen Chemistry in 'Man on a Ledge' (Video)

The actors spoke with THR about building their characters for the Summit crime thriller, and why Banks coined the phrase: "TGFEB."

Elizabeth Banks had a motto on the set of Man on a Ledge, and it was: “Thank God for Ed Burns.”

“I adore him,” she told The Hollywood Reporter of her co-star, whose film opens nationwide on Friday, Jan. 27.

The duo play a pair of NYPD officers who are forced to work together to talk Sam Worthington’s character down from the ledge. The film is directed by Asger Leth and required Banks to film many of her scenes from the top of a high rise in New York City. 

“I’m not afraid of heights, I’m afraid of human error,” she told THR. “I’m afraid of like, did they actually put the harness on right and is my coat gonna get stuck in a window… is my boot gonna fall off. Anything can happen, and those are the things that scare me. Not the actual height.”

While Burns had his preparation in the bag with a family full of NYPD officers, Banks took the opportunity to meet with a female negotiator from Staten Island who taught her that, “the women on the force are constantly proving themselves over and over.”

“When they hear I’m playing a cop, of course they’re gonna break my balls about it,” Burns said of his father and three cousins who currently serve on the force. “But at the same time everybody gets a thrill out of seeing a family member in a big movie, that’s always pretty great. And then when I’m playing a cop, I’m sure they’ll see things that I didn’t do to the letter, let’s say, and I’ll hear about that.”

Speaking to his scenes with Banks, Burns added: “She and I hit it off immediately.”

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