Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinkett) talked to MTV’s Josh Horowitz about what scene she can’t wait to see in the Hunger Games! PLUS she secretly wanted the role of Effie when she initially read The Hunger Games!
“I’m really excited to see the actual Games,” she gushed.
Yes, Elizabeth Banks wants to see the armed and dangerous tributes tearing each other limb from limb just as much as the rest of us do…but, you know, not out of psychotic bloodlust or anything. Instead, Elizabeth described the character-driven importance of the whole arena scene—and noted that, in the context of the Games, even the “bad guys” have their own complex emotional journey to take.
“I’m really excited to see how that all plays out,” she said.
And what are the scenes of her own that she can’t wait to see in their final form?
“The Reaping, for sure,” she said. “The Reaping is amazing. We get to see a heroine step forward and show herself for the first time.”
Not to mention that Elizabeth is wearing one of the most interesting of her weird and wonderful Effie Trinket costumes during said scene—which our fashion-hungry fandom can’t wait to scope out in painstaking detail. And based on Elizabeth’s description, it sounds like a lot of the film’s actors will be excited to see the Reaping…even the ones who were, technically, already in attendance.
“It was a really remarkable scene to shoot, and it was a really difficult scene to shoot,” Elizabeth said, going on to explain that the Reaping was filmed on a day when the temperature soared to over 100 degrees. And for the extras called upon to play would-be tributes, the weather was bad news: “We had all these young kids there, just dropping like flies.”
Oh yeah, I can’t wait to see the arena! Well, actually EVERYTHING!
More of Elizabeth’s interviews with Josh after the break! She’s Team Peeta!! I love her. She is the PERFECT EFFIE!!