Bettina’s Take: ‘Man on a Ledge’ Cinema Society Screening

Elizabeth Banks, Kyra Sedgwick

Man on a Ledge is a heart-pounding new thriller about, you guessed it, a man on a ledge.

Framed for a crime he swears he didn't commit, Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) uses the ledge as a platform (if you'll excuse the double entendre) and a diversion to prove his innocence. The scenes were filmed on an actual ledge outside a room at the Roosevelt Hotel in midtown Manhattan. No stranger to action movies, the Avatar star had to battle wind, cold and other distractions.

"I get to be a tough guy in the films, but in real life I'm a pussycat," Worthington revealed to FashionEtc at the January 19 Cinema Society screening. "I sit on the couch, do my washing, do normal stuff. It's only in the movies that I get to do the crazy stuff. That's the appeal. In real life I'm not going to battle monsters, kiss blue aliens, and stand two hundred feet in the air."

Co-star Elizabeth Banks, gorgeous in a black-and-gold studded, one-shouldered Versace, had a bit of a scare during one of the ledge scenes.

"A piece of scaffolding fell between Sam and I while we were shooting out on the ledge. We both looked at each other for a beat and we were so happy that it didn't fall on either of us," Banks told us.

"It wasn't a brick-size piece of scaffolding and it wasn't heavy, but if it would have fallen on us I'm sure it would have startled us to the point where I'm sure one of us would have fallen. It landed exactly in between our feet."

Luckily, there were also moments of levity during filming.

"We were shooting out in Long Island and the wind was blowing so hard, every time they would build a set it would blow over. So they had to strap the set to a truck. Then the truck would be pulled, so they had to strap the truck to a bigger truck. It was really bad," laughed Anthony Mackie, who stars in the upcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

The film was riveting, filled with edge-of-your-seat action.

A drink was in order—that's right, two nights in a row!—and the Grey Goose cocktails were flowing at the beloved Acme, recently reopened and better than ever.

Stunning in head-to-toe Reed Krakoff, Kyra Sedgwick (who plays a reporter in the film), Kevin Bacon and Russell Simmons mingled with Kiera Chaplin and Hilary Rhoda as chickpea fritters, champagne, and cucumber salmon bites were passed. The party was still going strong at midnight.

Another successful Cinema Society night.

Photo: Elizabeth Banks and Kyra Sedgwick