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Ed Burns Video Interview For Man on a Ledge

Video: Ed Burns on Playing a Cop and the Stunt He'd Rather Skip

Ed Burns is a classic New Yorker, which is just part of what made him perfect for the role of an NYPD cop in Man on a Ledge. We sat down with Ed at the press junket to talk about why he loves shooting close to home and what he has coming up in the city he loves so much. Ed also chatted about the scrutiny he gets from the real NY cops in his family, who are always the first to point out when he does something wrong on the big screen. Check out our interview and see Man on a Ledge when it hits theaters Jan. 27.

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anytime Ive played cops before they are quick to point out what Ive done wrong. Absolutely scary, knowing just doing it again. So, tell me a little bit about what sort of brought you to this movie. A couple of things things I opened up the first page and it said Exterior New York Street's Day, I live in New York. You always look for a film that shoots in your home town, and I just kept reading the script, hoping that the part that they wanted me to look at was going to be interesting, and fortunately it was. And what do you think, makes shooting in New York, so amazing for you? I think, the fact that I can roll out of bed and walk on the set. Sleep in my own bed at night. No one's asking me to lose the accent. So for all those reasons. Do you feel pressure playing a New York cop? Yeah, only because, you know, my dad is a New York city cop, 5 of my first cousins are cops, so I, you know, any time Ive played cops before they are quick to point out what Ive done wrong and what is inaccurate, so I fully expect Ive made a handful of mistakes on this film. Have they seen this one yet? No, no what they're going to say to you? No, I have no idea what. But that is the nature of growing up in a cop family, you need to have your balls broken at moment and that's kind of, what my charcter does. So, playing Jack Doherty, was kind of, like a little bit of, a home-coming. You did not actually get to go out on to the ledge. No. Do you, do you wish you went on the ledge ? No, on my first day of shooting the stunt said " Hey do you want to go out there ?" and sort of happy experience. I said, yes, sure, threw the harness on, walked out there, did it. How was it? absolutely scary, no interest in doing it again. Do you have a fear of heights? No, not really. What's up next for you? I have a film that I wrote and directed called Newly-Weds. It's a look at a newly married couple, it's their second marriage and they think, they've got all the answers and it's going to work this time. But their honeymoon period abruptly comes to an end when my character's sister shows up to crash on our couch, and her sister goes through a divorce and it's a look at how when you marry someone, you don't just marry the person, you marry into their family. And you're gonna have to learn how to deal with them. Is this something you wrote and directed as well? Yeah, something I wrote and directed. When youre just acting in a movie do you feel like you have to put away your director and writer hats? Yeah, nonand with pleasure, Im happy to show up on set and not have to worry about how the whole peace is going to hold together, where Im ganna put the camera any number or things that a film maker has to worry about. So it's a little bit more relaxing I assume on set when you're not doing a million number of things. Yeah, and that gives you the freedom to in your trailer, and either read a good book, or in my case, work on a new screenplay.

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Molly-Goodson Molly-Goodson 4 years
I know! I mean, who didn't have a crush on him back in the Brothers McMullen days? I sure did.
popfaninMD popfaninMD 4 years
I'm a HUGE Ed Burns fan! I love the movies he writes and directs! I can't wait until his new film comes out! Brothers McMullen('memba that one back in the 90's?) is one of my all time favorite films ever!
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