September 05, 2014

INTERVIEW: Elizabeth Banks Calls 'Mockingjay' A True Action Film, Talks About Effie's Bigger Role & Getting To See The Movie

In a new interview with E! Online, our Effie Trinket -- Elizabeth Banks talks about her character's expanded role and outfits in the last two Hunger Games films, working with the cast again, and getting to see a cut of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 movie herself. She also calls Mockingjay "a really true action film." Check out the interview below!

Effie Mockingjay

On Effie's District 13 outfits:
“Effie really is a fish out of water in District 13 and they do not have anywhere near the resources that the Capitol does,” the 40-year-old beauty, who is currently promoting her partnership with Doritos as part of the Crash the Super Bowl contest, told E! News. “So Effie really finds herself having to what I like to call ‘Project Runway her way’ through the wardrobe that’s given to everyone. Everyone gets sort of standard wardrobe in District 13 and she of course has to put her own twist on everything…she can make anything fabulous.
On going back to the set and working with the cast again:
“I mean we really have a lot of comradery,” she gushed. “We’ve been through a lot making the movies. It’s very rare in this business that you get to spend this much time with the same people, over and over again on something that we all care about a lot. And we really want to make a great product every time and we want to have fun while we do it and we just have really great shared perspective on the whole thing.”
On Effie's expanded role in Mockingjay (Find out which character she's basically replacing HERE).
“Well she [Effie] doesn’t make an appearance in District 13 in the actual book, but Suzanne Collins and Francis [Lawrence] and I…everyone sort of came to me and said ‘We really feel like Effie…it would be really fun to keep her involved in the story’ and of course I’m thrilled to be a part of it and get to go to 13 and take care of Katniss a little bit longer.”
On getting  to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1:
“I’m really thrilled with the way it’s turned out,” she said of Mockingjay. “I think Francis [the director] has a really interesting take on the material and it’s a continuation of the story of Katniss and she’s one of my favorite heroines of all time.” 
“The scope and scale is huge,” the blond beauty revealed. “It’s really a true action film now, we’re not just in the Games anymore, we’ve really upped the stakes of the movie. It’s really about a full scale rebellion and a war between the Capitol and the Districts. So all the action sequences are just amazing and upgraded…action-movie level stuff going on, not just the story of a small-town girl.”
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 opens in theaters on November 21, 2014.

You can read the full article on E! Online.

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