Here are the red carpet interviews from the Hunger Games premiere by E! Online! The interviews are with Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, and Elizabeth Banks.
The actress is stunning in a gold gown and dishes about her coveted role as Katniss Everdeen. Plus, hear why she’s overly-critical of herself on camera.
Here is MTV‘s interview with Elizabeth Banks from the LA red carpet Hunger Games premiere last night!
“To me, the biggest star here is Suzanne Collins,” the actress and hard-core “Hunger Games” fan told MTV News about her feelings on the novel’s author. “She created this entire world, all of this pandemonium, all these characters. She birthed this whole situation. She couldn’t be a nicer lady. She’s the loveliest lady, and I’m a total geek around her. To me, she’s a total rock star.”
Just as many fans would kill for the chance to spend time with the “Hunger Games” cast, so too did Banks swoon over getting one-on-one time in with Collins.
“I’ve professed my love for her pretty much,” Banks laughed. “The books are done, and they’re the books, so she doesn’t need me to dissect them with her, but I’m very happy that she’s happy with the film. So to me, it was always about, ‘Let’s make director Gary Ross happy with the film, let’s make Suzanne happy. Everyone else, who cares.’ ”
Of course, Banks cares very much about the fans, a group she described as “unbelievable.”
“The passion of everyone here is crazy. It’s very exciting,” said Banks. “I’m very excited to see this movie with an audience. I saw it in a small room with two other people, so the energy in the room is going to be ballistically bananas. I brought tissues. It’s very emotional, this movie! I cried making it; It’s very emotional for me.”
At the recent Hunger Games movie press day Collider was able to get a ton of new interviews with the cast members. Here are a few exerts from the interview with Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz and Wes Bentley
Collider: Elizabeth, how much fun was it to totally disappear into the character?
BANKS: It’s really fun to watch yourself disappear in the movie every day, and watch Effie appear. It required a full transformation. I never knew how old she was, in reading the book. She could be 30, or she could be 100. I imagine, in the future, life expectancy is long and they use crazy plastic surgery. Who the hell knows what’s going on? So, I really wanted her to be ageless. Gary’s one real note was, “I imagine Joel Grey in Cabaret for her face.” That was our jumping off point, and why we ended up with the rough skin and the gnarliness of that.
Collider: Lenny, what do you think it is that draws Katniss and Cinna to each other?
KRAVITZ: Obviously, he has integrity. He’s at the Capitol and he’s working at the Capitol, but he’s the guy that, when the revolution busts, is going to be right there. This is not his thing, but he’s stuck within the system, and he gets to use his talent and design. From the very beginning, I think he was really taken by the fact that she took the place of her sister. When he comes in to meet her, he’s all about, “That was the bravest thing I’ve ever seen.” He’s open to her, from the very beginning. I think that he sees her integrity, and he really becomes personally invested. I don’t know how long he’s been there, but he’s been there for a little bit and he’s seen kids come and go. He dresses these kids and they’re dying. He really wants to do whatever he can do to help her survive.
Collider: Wes, did you model your character after anyone?
BENTLEY: No one in particular. I really just drew off of where we are now, with reality TV. You can’t help but see a lot of it. You choose to watch some, but with some, you just can’t help but hear it and see it. It’s just piercing in your brain. That piercing is what I was tapping into , with whatever they were doing to pierce into the minds of everybody. It takes a certain kind of person to shut your mind off to the consequences and just try to get results. That’s what I was going for – results.
To read the rest of the full interview for here
AMC senior editor John Campea had a great opportunity to interview Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hensworth! Here are the video interviews for your viewing pleasure!
There was a Hunger Games press conference in Los Angeles yesterday with Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks and Donald Sutherland. The cast looks terrific! Check out the gallery below.
Has there been something you’ve always wanted to ask Elizabeth Banks, like what her favorite film was to work on, or how many pets she has?? Well now you can! All you have to do is visit her website and post your questions in the ‘Comments’ section by Friday, March 2. Then Elizabeth will answer these questions on video, which will be subsequently posted!
”Everything you see on Effie is purposeful, nothing is whimsical,” said Banks. “As an ambassador for the Capitol I wanted to make it clear Effie is oppressed, so all her clothes are constricting, corseted uncomfortable.”
She went on to say that, in the movie, “I wear crazy shoes that you would never be able to spend a 12-hour day in – I wanted her to be tortured by her clothes.”
Elizabeth Banks went from sporting rigid, spandex-tight clothes to the extremes of taking sandpaper to her skin and throwing in some latex to make it appear as if she had truly undergone plastic surgery.
”We sandpapered my skin,” admitted the actress. “We wanted to show that Effie has a cracked veneer, that perfection doesn’t exist in the Capitol – it’s actually become hideous. We layered latex and used tricks of the camera and the lighting. I like to say I was a little fearless, definitely.”
Wow. Talk about dedication to accurately playing your character! I would have never even thought of sandpapering my skin, let alone actually done it!
Did Elizabeth Banks take it too far? Or do you approve of her efforts to match as much as possible the effervescent, Capitol-manufactured District 12 escort, no matter how radical?
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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!!
Our very own Effie Trinket, Elizabeth Banks covers a subject on a lot of parents minds right now: is The Hunger Games too violent? She thinks it’s appropriate for her 11 year old nephew, and confirms a PG-13 rating:
As a parent, did you have any reservations about The Hunger Games’s dark subject matter?
EB: The movie is going to be PG-13, and I think that’s about right. My nephew’s 11, and he read it and loves it. The book has adult themes, for sure. Gary Ross, the director, and Suzanne Collins [who wrote the novels] did a great job patrolling what happens visually in the movie, what we can show and what we can’t show. But I remember taking my 6-year-old niece to a Harry Potter movie with those dark shadow things that were scary as sh*t, and the guy doesn’t even have a f*cking nose. That’s like nightmare stuff, in my opinion. This is a lot of hand-to-hand combat, but it’s nothing you wouldn’t see on a video game or an episode of “CSI.” We don’t have guns.