Q&A: Elizabeth Banks Talks ‘Man on a Ledge,’ Working in Comedy, and Woody Allen

Elizabeth Banks in Man on a Ledge
Elizabeth Banks in Man on a Ledge © Summit Entertainment

Whether you’re into television junkie or a film nerd, you probably know Elizabeth Banks.  In television the actress has had memorable turns on “30 Rock” and “Scrubs,” while her film credits include a mixture of comedic and serious efforts like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “The Next Three Days.”

This week, in the thriller “Man on a Ledge,” Banks plays a police negotiator named Lydia Mercer.  When a disgraced ex-cop Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) climbs up on a New York hotel threatening to jump, Mercer is tasked with talking him down.  What she doesn’t know is that the stunt is merely a smokescreen to hide his true plan.  Certain shady characters discover his motives, so they set attempt to stop Nick, causing chaos to ensue.

Recently I had the chance to sit down for a roundtable interview with Banks about the movie.  Below are some highlights of the conversation.   

Q: One of the cool things about your character in this movie is that she’s a “police officer” and not a “police woman.”  There’s not anything mentioned about her being a woman in the movie. Was that important to you to just play a character where it didn’t matter?

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Evan Crean

Hello! My name is Evan Crean. By day I work for a marketing agency, but by night, I’m a film critic based in Boston, MA who has been at it since 2009. I have written hundreds of movie reviews and celebrity interviews for Starpulse.com. I have also contributed pieces to NewEnglandFilm.com. In addition to publishing short form work, I am a co-author of the book Your ’80s Movie Guide to Better Living, which is available on CreateSpace and Amazon. On top of writing, I co-host and edit the weekly film podcast Spoilerpiece Theatre with two other Boston film critics. I’m a founding member and the current treasurer for the Boston Online Film Critics Association as well. Lastly, I’m the marketing director and a contributor to Boston Reel, a site dedicated to Boston’s independent film culture. Have any questions or comments about my work? Please feel free to email me (Evan Crean) at: ecrean AT reelrecon DOT COM .