Elizabeth Banks

  • Aired:  01/19/12
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Elizabeth Banks discusses the challenges of acting on a ledge 22 stories above New York's Madison Avenue for her movie "Man on a Ledge." (6:32)

>> Jon: WELCOME MY GUEST

TONIGHT, HER NEW FILM IS

CALLED "MAN ON A LEDGE"

>> IT'S YOUR CALL.

>> GET HIM DOWN.

>> WILL GO OVER BEFORE HE

GETS TAKEN DOWN.

>> THAT'S ASSUMING OUR TRACK

RECORD IS ON PAR WITH YOURS.

>> BOMB PROTOCOL SAYS TO

CLEAR EVERYBODY BUT THE

NEGOTIATOR.

CLEAR THE BUILDING.

>> NO ONE HAS FOUND A BOMB.

THIS THREAT IS A STALL.

HE'S PLAYING YOU.

HE PICKED YOU BECAUSE ARE

YOU IN NO CONDITION TO DO

YOUR JOB.

>> THIS IS MY SCENE.

>> PULL HER OUT OF IT, NOW.

>> LIDIA, COME ON, CLEAR THE

WINDOW.

>> WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: PLEASE WELCOME

ELIZABETH BANKS.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

ELIZABETH BANKS.

SO NICE TO SEE YOU.

>> HI, THANK YOU, NICE TO BE

SEEN.

>> Jon: CONGRATULATIONS ON

THE FILM.

THERE IS SOMETHING AS A NEW

YORKER, THEY ARE -- -- IN

KNOWLEDGE WE-- NEW YORK WE

DON'T CALL THEM LEDGES, THEY

ARE CALLS BALCONIES AND THEY

ARE MOST IMPORTANTS OUTDOOR

SPACE ONCE COUNT IT IN THE

SQUARE FOOTAGE WHEN ARE YOU

SELLING.

>> Jon: YOU DO DO THAT DID

YOU FILM IN THIS NEW YORK.

>> AT THE ROOSEVELT HOTEL

AND 343rd AND MADISON.

WE WERE 22 FOR EASE ABOVE ON

14 INCHES OF CONCRETE.

HELD UP THERE ON LITTLE

WIRES.

YEAH, WE DID IT FOR REAL.

>> Jon: I WAS UNDER THE

IMPRESSION THAT IN GENERAL

THEY DON'T PUT PEOPLE'S

LIVES IN JEOPARDY FOR THESE

TYPES OF MOVIES.

>> THIS LADY WAS RIGHT OUT

THERE, UH-HUH.

>> Jon: LOOK DOWN HAVE YOU

EVER LIVED IN A HIGH RISE,

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN --

>> I'M NOT AFRAID

PARTICULARLY OF HEIGHTS.

I'M AFRAID OF HUMAN ERROR,

YOU KNOW, STUPIDITY.

SO I WAS-- .

>> Jon: YOU WERE AFRAID OF

WIRE --

>> I WAS AFRAID OF LIKE THIS

BOLT DIDN'T QUITE GET IT

TOGETHER TODAY OR THERE IS A

GUY ON HIS BLACK BERRY OR A

BIRD IS GOING TO FLY ON MY

HEAD OR THE COAT GOING TO

GET CAUGHT, I WENT THROUGH

THE WINDOW, I KEPT WAITING

FOR THE FOOT TO GET CAUGHT.

>> Jon: SO YOU ARE GOING

THROUGH THE WINDOW ON THE

ROOSEVELT HOTEL.

>> ON THE ROOF OF THE

ROOSEVELT, 22 STORIES UP --

25 FEET ABOVE.

>> Jon: THERE IS A LOT OF

DOWNTIME IN MOVIES.

HOW MANY TIMES DID THE TWO

OF YOU BE LIKE I WILL SPIT

OVER THERE YOU SPIT OVER

THERE, BOOM.

>> WE DID A LITTLE OF THAT.

THERE IS-- ACTUALLY A LOT OF

WEIRD, LIKE PEOPLE IN THE

WINDOWS AROUND US.

YOU KNOW, YOU CAN SEE-- .

>> Jon: WE CALL THEM

CITIZENS OF NEW YORK.

>> THOSE PEOPLE.

>> Jon: WE CALL THEM OUR

NEIGHBORS.

>> NEW YORKERS.

>> Jon: YEAH.

>> PEOPLE AT WORK, AT THEIR

JOB.

I'M AT MY JOB ON A LEDGE

RANDOMLY ON A WIRE.

>> Jon: WHATEVER, SURE.

>> SOME GUY SHOOTING.

AND THEY'RE LIKE IN AN

OFFICE WITH THEIR COFFEE MUG

LIKE HEY!

>> YOU KNOW, WHILE WE'RE OUT

THERE.

IT WAS KIND OF FUN.

THEY WOULD COME OUT AND HAVE

SMOKE BREAKS ON THEIR ROOF

AND JUST BE TRYING TO LIKE

TALK TO US, YELLING ACROSS

MADISON AVENUE.

>> Jon: LET ME EXPLAIN

SOMETHING.

THAT IS FOR SEEING SOMEONE

IN THE BUILDING ACROSS THE

WAY FROM YOU, THE BEST

POSSIBLE OUTCOME YOU CAN

HAVE.

BECAUSE WE GOT A GUY OUTSIDE

OF OUR BUILDING, I DON'T

KNOW IF THE AUDIENCE SAW HIM

TODAY, BUT LIKE NAKED AS A

JAY BIRD.

>> YES.

>> Jon: FOURTH FLOOR

SWINGING HIS BUSINESS.

>> YES, I HAVE HAD THAT

EXPERIENCE HERE.

I LIVED IN A BROWNSTONE ON

THE UPPER WEST SIDE.

AND THERE WAS A DUDE RIGHT

ACROSS THE COURTYARD IN THE

BACK.

AND EVERY TIME IT WAS LIKE

HONEY GET UP AND CLOSE THE

WINDOW, IT WAS JUST

LIKE-- HE WOULD STAND ON THE

PHONE WITH HIS JUNK JUST

LIKE-- .

>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> ON THE PHONE IN THE

WINDOW, LOOKING AROUND, AND

NOT A CARE IN THE WORLD.

>> Jon: I ALWAYS THINK OF

THAT, LIKE HE KNOWS.

AND IT'S ALWAYS-- IT'S

ALWAYS SO PROUD OF HIS BODY

AND ALWAYS PEOPLE THAT MAYBE

SHOULDN'T BE QUITE AS PROUD.

>> I'M NOT EVEN SURE-- I

USED TO JUST RUN FROM THE

BATHROOM TO THE BEDROOM.

AT A CERTAIN POINT IT'S LIKE

IT'S NEW YORK, WHO CARES.

I'M TO THE GOING TO PUT THE

SHADES, I FORGOT, THERE IS

NO LIGHT IN THESE LITTLE

APARTMENTS SO YOU JUST GOT

TO GO FOR IT.

>> Jon: I REALLY --

>> VERY EDUCATIONAL ABOUT MY

HABITS IN THE DAY AND MY

HOUSE.

>> Jon: IT IS EXACTLY TRUE.

AND THIS GUY HAS BECOME FOR

US, LIKE WHEN WE DON'T SEE

HIM, WE WORRY.

>> LIKE SOMETHING HAPPENED

TO HIM.

>> Jon: RIGHT, LIKE WE THINK

OH MY GOD Z SOMETHING HAPPEN

TO HIS PENIS, BUT YOU DON'T

KNOW.

I SURE HOPE HE BRINGS IT FOR

THE NEXT MEETING.

>> TOMORROW, RIGHT.

>> Jon: EXACTLY.

NOW YOU AND I-- I DON'T

LIKE-- YOU AND I HAVE KNOWN

EACH OTHER FOR HOW MANY

YEARS.

>> WELL, WE MET 18, 19 YEARS

AGO.

>> Jon: AND THEN MET AGAIN.

>> 10 MINUTES AGO.

>> Jon: RIGHT, SO THAT

WAS-- SO THERE WAS A GAP.

ELIZABETH BROUGHT A PICTURE

HER HUSBAND HAD INTERVIEWED

ME.

YOU TWO WENT TO.

>> UNIVERSITY OF

PENNSYLVANIA IN PHILLIE.

>> Jon: TOGETHER, IN

PHILADELPHIA.

>> YEAH.

>> Jon: TRUE STORY.

I ALMOST WENT TO THE

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

BUT THEY HAD A TEST.

>> YES, THE SAT, THE SAT

TEST.

>> Jon: I DIDN'T WANT TO DO

THAT.

>> AND YOU CAME DOWN THERE

AND MY HUSBAND INTERVIEWED

YOU.

HE WROTE A PIECE ON YOU.

>> Jon: A HIT PIECE.

>> I WOULDN'T SAY A HIT

PIECE.

>> Jon: A LOT OF SANTA

SEMITIC STUFF IN THAT PIECE.

>> MY HUSBAND IS A JEW.

>> Jon: THAT'S RIGHT, I

FORGOT.

>> AS WELL.

>> Jon: THAT'S WHAT IT WAS.

>> NO, HE-- .

>> Jon: A DISCUSSION OF

PURIM.

>> HE WAS CONCERNED THAT YOU

WEREN'T GOING TO MAKE IT IN

LATE NIGHT BECAUSE YOU WERE

NOT-- YOU WERE CHALLENGED

HEIGHTWISE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: THAT WAS THE HOW

COULD I COMPETE AGAINST

LETTERMAN AND CONAN.

>> THESE BIG TALL HULKING

GUY, CRAIG KILBORN AT THE

TIME.

>> Jon: EXACTLY.

I HAD TO EXPLAIN TO YOUR

HUSBAND THAT I DON'T HAVE TO

DUNK ON MY SHOW.

>> RIGHT, THAT'S TRUE.

>> Jon: BUT AND SO 18 YEARS,

STILL THERE AND BACKSTAGE.

>> MY GUY ISING BA STAGE,

YEAH.

>> Jon: SO HE JUST ACTUALLY

JUST NOW, WE JUST DID SOME

FOLLOWUP QUESTIONS.

IT WAS REALLY NICE.

NOW WHAT'S NEXT AFTER THIS

THING.

>> THE HUNGER GAMES.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: I'LL LOOK FORWARD TO

THAT.

>> SURE.

YOU AND TEENAGE GIRLS

EVERYWHERE.

>> Jon: WELL, I AM, I MEAN

FOR ME, NOW THAT TWILIGHT IS

WRAPPED UP, I JUST --

>> WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO.

>> Jon: BUT MAN SO,

CONGRATULATIONS ON

EVERYTHING.

>> THANK YOU, THAT WILL BE

FUN.

>> Jon: I REMEMBER 18 YEARS

AGO THINKING THOSE

TWO-- THOSE TWO ARE GOING

PLACES.

>> YEAH, STILL TOGETHER, I

MEAN IT IS CRAZY.

>> Jon: ITS'S KIND OF

LOVELY.

MAN ON A LEDGE.

THEATRES ON JANUARY 27th,

ELIZABETH BANKS.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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