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.”
The Capitol Couture site is now open and there is lots to see, including this image clip of Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch, and Effie. Some of the features include Cover Stories, Profiles, Capitol Looks, Guides, Intel, and Citizen Activity.
You also get to view some of the fashions of the capitol such as these amazing shoes! I bet these peep-toe boots will be a big trend!
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.
Do you feel there are any other important messages in the novels? Let us know in the comments!
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.
Let’s talk Hunger Games: Where did you come up with Effie’s voice?
It’s a combination of The Philadelphia Story and Rosalind Russell in Auntie Mame.
Rosalind Russell is just amazing. It’s one of my favorite performances ever. I wanted Effie to be really theatrical. I just wanted to make sure she didn’t sound too British. She needed to be a little highfalutin.
Which fans are more intense: A cappella fans or Hunger Games fans?
I would bet there’s a ton of crossover.
Would Effie Trinkett have been in an a cappella group?
Sure. There might be a cappella groups in the Capitol. That’s probably allowed. I think the Capitol wouldn’t find that too threatening.
But not in District 12, right?
They probably do a little barbershop in District 12. They need something to keep their spirits up.
The Hunger Games character posters are now available on Amazon.com through NECA, who makes a variety of Hunger Games merchandise. These posters are limited, so act soon if you want one! You can buy them individually for up to $12.99 each or all eight for $59.99.
I would be in the hair and makeup trailer and I was Elizabeth, and then the wig went on and very suddenly I was Effie,” says Banks, 37. “Every day I would have that aha moment, like, ‘We did it! We found Effie!
“Effie is a very complicated woman,” says Banks, who previously worked with director Gary Ross on 2003′s Seabiscuit. “She’s a spinner. She spins everything into something positive. These kids have been pulled from their loved ones to compete on television in this horrible event in which they will likely lose their lives.”
“Effie,” she says, is “charged with making their last days before they’re in the Games as positive as possible, so that they go into the Games with a great attitude. And, of course, that seems crazy.”
“For sure the biggest challenge of playing Effie was the shoes!” says Banks. “All of my shoes in the movie are completely amazing but highly uncomfortable. I said to Gary, ‘You better be shooting these shoes, because they’re killing me.”
The lovely Elizabeth Banks, or Effie as we know her in The Hunger Games, posted on twitter a picture of herself and Anna Kendrick, Jessica from the Twilight series! The picture is from the set of their new film, a musical comedy, titled Pitch Perfect. From her twitter:
Me and @AnnaKendrick47 on set – 1st day – #PitchPerfect She looks so pretty, why aren’t I wearing make-up?!?
The actress and her author/producer husband Max Handelman have sold a single-camera comedy titled Dave’s Dead to the top rated network. The project [...] is being billed as Shaun of the Dead meets My Name is Earl.
Sounds like a truly original comedy and I cannot wait to see how this show will turn out!
To read the full article by The Hollywood Reporter click here.
[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]