I've interviewed Elizabeth Banks a handful of times now, and she comes across during a press day the same way she comes across in her work: down to earth, not fussy at all, and always just sort of slightly kidding about things.
I'll have my full interview with her about the new film 'Man On A Ledge' soon, but for now, we wanted to share a short piece of the conversation when I brought up the impending onslaught of publicity and attention for "The Hunger Games."
I just talked to Woody Harrelson about the film as well, and he seemed well aware of what sort of expectation there is for the movie. Banks, though, seems like she's got her head down, focused on this year's "30 Rock" and doing publicity for "Ledge" and basically anything that keeps her from thinking about the insane spotlight that she's about to step into with this series.
I get it. It's one thing when you make a movie in a vacuum and you release it and people suddenly fall in love with it and there's a big fan base that grows from the movie. But this sort of big fat pop culture phenomenon that you're adapting is something very different, and it comes with a totally different type of attention. Fans of the "Hunger Games" series have very strong opinions about the casting, and while some of the choices may have been controversial, it seems like fans have taken to the idea of Banks playing Effie Trinket in a big way.