Elizabeth Banks Talks Stepping Into Her 'Hunger Games' Role


Say hello to Effie Trinket!

Hunger Games doesn't hit theaters until March 2012 (with its sequel dropping in November 2013), but Elizabeth Banks is already talking about her role as the eccentric, pink haired, District 12 escort.

The 30 Rock actress spoke with Vulture about the role, what the transformation was like, and whether or not she read the books herself.

When asked about the look of her character, Banks said:

"All I can tell you is that Effie does have pink hair. When the hair and makeup was finished, we had all these people in the trailer and it was like everybody just got giddy all at once, like, “We did it!” and “This is Effie! It’s going to be awesome!” We were so happy."
As it turns out, EB had read the book long before it was in talks to become a film:
"I read the book a long time ago. I was a very early adopter. I’d actually just read a book called The Maze Runner, which is another great book with a similar theme, but it has a male protagonist … my husband and I are always looking for properties to produce. So we had an advance reader’s copy of The Maze Runner."
Click here to read more of Elizabeth's interview!

Also, click through the gallery above to find out more about who will star in the highly-anticipated film!

 

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  • Aubree
    Aubree

    it sounds like a lot of people found Cato HUGE, but this is almost EXACTLY how i pictured him

  • Shaee
    Shaee

    hottieeee,, he truly is the perfect Peeta Mellark. i've seen the hunger games 4 timess <3

  • KATIE
    KATIE

    COME TO THOUSAND OAKS CALIFORNIA!!! I WILL DIEE IF I MEET YOU!! YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! I HAVE ATLEST 10 PICTURES OF YOU IN MY ROOM!! I LOVE YOU ALOT:) <3333333333333333333333333333

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    Doreen

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  • Sadie
    Sadie

    He isn't what I pictured Peeta to look like, and Liam isn't how I imagined Gale

  • Sadie
    Sadie

    I pictured Cinna as a skinny, white guy, and very gay looking

  • Amber Plante
    Amber Plante

    Me too.

  • kkkksfksdfsdf
    kkkksfksdfsdf

    Josh looks way better with blond hair. But, I think he is still as cute as can be!! He is very sweet in the book! The book is so addicting!!!! GO TEAM PEETA!!!!!

  • nkk222101
    nkk222101

    Josh looks way better with blond hair. But, I think he is still as cute as can be!! He is very sweet in the book! The book is so addicting!!!! GO TEAM PEETA!!!!!

  • nkk222101
    nkk222101

    I think Josh looks better with blond hair :( But, I think he is still very cute!! He is very sweet in the book! The book is so addicting!!!! GO TEAM PEETA!!!!!

  • person
    person

    I agree with Miranda. In the trailer you see her hair is dyed brown. She is exactly what I imagined Katniss like!!

  • person
    person

    Soo exited! FOR HUNGERGAMESS!! <3 LOVE ITT itss amzingg the bookss

  • person
    person

    hmm.. i always imagined cinna to be white white ear-length blonde hair and gold eyeliner. always in tight black clothing and a feminine vibe. Guess not.

  • Emily1431
    Emily1431

    i couldn't agree with you more! I didn't think Cinna would look this..tough. I mean a nose ring?!

  • teampeeta
    teampeeta

    can't you read? It says district 3.

  • Paige
    Paige

    @abby I 100% agree with you!! Josh is perffect for the role of peseta! I can't wait for the movie I know it's going to be amazing. And that is a great pic of josh!!! So good looking!!!!!!

  • District11girl
    District11girl

    But there is no tribute from District 13 in the Hunger Games... District 13 was "destroyed" before that. Unless he is a tribute for clips of previous games

  • Michelle
    Michelle

    I like Liam as Gale. I agree with Melanie, I don't like Josh as Peeta... not a good fit as far as I'm concerned.

  • Sepia830
    Sepia830

    Is that the chick that played the title character in the movie 'Orphan'? Oh yeah...can't wait to see her die again.

  • Sepia830
    Sepia830

    Wow...how do you make the assumption that it was bad casting before seeing how Lenny comes across in the movie? Seems like some of you wanted Cinna to be anything but black.

  • perstefanie
    perstefanie

    I think Donald Sutherland could have fantastic, unforgiving snake eyes

  • hungerrrrgames
    hungerrrrgames

    i cannot think of another human being playing peeta. he is so perfect for the role it hurts.

  • hungerrrrgames
    hungerrrrgames

    lovelovelovelove this casting

  • hungerrrrgames
    hungerrrrgames

    she looks exactly like i thought prim would and im sure will be portray her perfectly :)

  • hungerrrrgames
    hungerrrrgames

    this picture makes him look tiny. but in reality he's huge. no worries fans!

  • hungerrrrgames
    hungerrrrgames

    love this actor.

  • hungerrrrgames
    hungerrrrgames

    he wears gold eyeliner.

  • Jaymie
    Jaymie

    Oh ya, definitely!

  • Jaymie
    Jaymie

    Are they going to dye his hair lighter though? He looks like a Peeta...kind of friendly and a bit geeky. Very genuine looking...

  • Jaymie
    Jaymie

    No way. I pictured Cato HUGE...lol

  • Jaymie
    Jaymie

    She is gorgeous...and with brown hair and the magic of make-up they can make her look plain, but then when they transform her for the festivities she will be glowing. I hope she is a good actress...however, I am sure she will do well.

  • Jaymie
    Jaymie

    I picture Haymitch fat...but it will be very interesting to see Woody Harrelson. He is a great actor too. You are right, very quirky.

  • Jaymie
    Jaymie

    Donald Sutherland is an AMZING actor and he will do a GREAT job for the role of President Snow.

  • jessica
    jessica

    I am sooooo happy he got the part of Peeta! <3 Hes a great actor and is really, really hot! he just need to dye his hair! (which they obvously did)

  • jessica
    jessica

    hopefully shes going to be a good Prim!

  • jessica
    jessica

    Jennifer is gonna be an amazing Katniss! If the director thought she would be good for the role of Katniss, then she must be! Shes a great actress!

  • jessica
    jessica

    im totally with you! besides, gale is older then peeta and liam looks 18 and josh looks 16. Great cast!

  • jessica
    jessica

    elizabeth is gonna be a great effie!

  • Rox
    Rox

    ESTER! Haha. Love this casts!

  • Rox
    Rox

    I love her even before she was cast as Katniss! I love her being Mystique on XMEN, and ever since I know she'll go places! SHE'S PERFECT!

  • ammajamma
    ammajamma

    u dont know that! not in any part of thhe book did it say that prim was "cute". so get ur facts straight

  • ammajamma
    ammajamma

    no i disagree with you guys..... i think its PERFECT the way it is! :) the movie is gonna be fantastic!

  • ammajamma
    ammajamma

    u guys are so stupid! its a good role! u guys dont know squat!

  • Baconisyummy
    Baconisyummy

    She's perfect!! and she's adorable!!!

  • Baconisyummy
    Baconisyummy

    prim is supposed to be cuter

  • Baconisyummy
    Baconisyummy

    I'm sorry to say, but just because you imagined him one way, doesn't mean that's the way he's supposed to look

  • sadek
    sadek

    If you saw the movie Colombiana you will know that she can really do her role

  • Mojo
    Mojo

    I expected her too look more innocent :c

  • Laura
    Laura

    nickelodeon? OH FUCK and they died josh's hair blonde lol, he looks,.....strange, although gale and peeta should have been switched

  • Kyle
    Kyle

    This casting is horrible. I imagined Cinna to be Latino or have some sort of European vibe. Calming, kind, very effeminate, and very protective. If he doesn't have silver eye liner on, I am walking out!

  • Luke Jackson
    Luke Jackson

    Adorableeee

  • Luke Jackson
    Luke Jackson

    FANTASTIC. Perfect :')

  • Luke Jackson
    Luke Jackson

    Worst casting ever, I imagined Cinna to be white, with short brown hair, always wearing black clothing and looking slightly French, with a really intelligent look about him. This couldn't be more bizarre.

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    brendacool

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  • Abby
    Abby

    Personally, I really like Josh Hutcherson for Peeta. Have you haters even SEEN his past interviews? He has the eloquence Peeta has and he has Peeta's personality. Plus, PEETA IS NOT SCRAWNY. Peeta lifts hundreds of pounds of flour and other stuff for the bakery, and he has muscles. Josh has Peeta's personality and the role will come naturally to him, but I just can't see Alex Pettyfer with Peeta's nice and straighforward personality.

  • Melanie
    Melanie

    I dont think he's good for the role of Peeta. I read the book and I take my characters very seriously and to me he's just all wrong for the part

  • Bruno Jupiter
    Bruno Jupiter

    Elizabeth Banks is lovely, gorgeous, sexy and beautiful.

 
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