Magazine article Variety

The Spin Meisters

Magazine article Variety

The Spin Meisters

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If any New Yorker's messenger service was delayed on Aug. 22, blame it on the preem of Columbia's "Premium Rush" at the Regal Union Square.

Several bike messengers with cameos in the pic took time off to attend the screening, and, of course, they all arrived on their two-wheelers.

Director and co-writer David Koepp has a whole new respect for bike messengers. "I thought like anybody does, because they pass within 6 inches of your nose and you never see it coming, I thought who are those assholes and what is wrong with them?" he said. But no longer. "I was really fascinated by them, and found they have a really clear ethos. They want to ride their bike; if they can get paid to ride it, so much the better, and it's better to ride a bike than drive a car."

Said the pic's Jamie Chung, "I thought they were extinct. I had no idea. "I certainly notice them now."

Co-star Dania Ramirez, who plays a messenger in the pic, had a close encounter with a biker. …

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