How accurate is Joseph Gordon-Levitt's bike-messenger thriller? Sam Paul, 25, and Danny Koniowsky, 28, two NYC couriers, weigh in.
Paul ”Gordon-Levitt’s bike was on point, but they had his nemesis riding, like, a carbon road bike for work. That’s not really something that would happen. It’s a really expensive bike, and it’s prone to breaking easily.”
Koniowsky ”Only a very small handful of people use Bluetooth earpieces when they’re working. Normally, we just talk on our phone with one hand or no hands. Or we just stop and talk on the sidewalk.”
Paul ”It looked really good, except that he did a lot of unnecessary skidding. He rode in a showboat style, and it’s like, Why is it taking you so long to stop?”
Koniowsky ”He said he makes $80 on a good day — that’s an abysmal amount of money that only the worst bike messengers make in this town. If you work at a good company, you’re going to make $140 to $150 a day.”
Paul ”Maybe at some of the shystier companies, $80 a day is a possibility.”
Koniowsky ”It’s pretty unrealistic that a cop was able to keep up with him that much. If you turn down a one-way street, you can disappear pretty quickly in Manhattan.”
Paul ”Yeah, you can outrun a cop.”