The Huffington Post recently spoke with Elizabeth Banks about the message she feels The Hunger Games can bring to everyone worldwide. As well she talked about being Effie and the love-hate relationship between her character and Haymitch.
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As dystopian and fantastic as “The Hunger Games” is, it also seems fitting for our volatile world right now. Still, how do you make a movie for kids about kids killing kids?
“The Hunger Games” is so timely because it’s about the overthrow of a totalitarian society and I’m pretty sure that’s what’s happening worldwide right now. To me the message of “The Hunger Games” is that revolution can come from one person, an act of kindness by one person. I think it’s really important to tell kids that they matter, that individuals matter, and that everyone counts, and that to me is the message of “The Hunger Games.” That’s what I hope kids take away from it.
You transformed yourself completely to play Laura Bush in 2008′s “W,” and now you’re doing that again for Effie.
A fun part of being an actor and a chameleon is taking on those looks. Effie has a really theatrical, over-the-top, completely not me look to her. I’m very excited for people to see my portrayal. I have no idea if people are going to be into it. I hope they are. I know the filmmakers are and [the book's author] Suzanne Collins blessed everything we did. It was a really fun collaboration between myself and Academy Award-nominated hair and makeup and costume people.
I’m excited to see your interaction with Woody Harrelson as Haymitch.
I’m excited for people to see that too. Because we worked really hard — there was not a lot in the script interaction-wise and we made a lot out of that relationship. Our characters really don’t like each other. But we also have to work together, so it’s that push-pull. It’s like any great sort of love affair — there’s a lot of love-hate between us.
So many fans are so excited about it; do you feel pressure?
I really don’t. You just can’t. I really don’t want people to be disappointed — I’m a fan of the books myself, so of course I just want to be faithful and do right by her. But I loved Effie. I loved playing it, I loved how it came out, I’m really proud of it, so any of the haters, I’m just going to ignore.