There’s been plenty of interviews over the last few months about The Hunger Games movie, including some with the director Gary Ross and author Suzanne Collins that have given an insight into the casting thought process for the film adaptation, but none have been as indepth as this one with Elizabeth Banks.
She spoke to NYMag Vulture about The Hunger Games, her part as Effie Trinkett and where they’re up to now. You can read the entire interview here, but before you click and head off to read it, here’s a look at some of what Ms Banks had to say:
It’s so cool that you’re playing Effie.
I can’t wait for people to see her. The makeup is incredible. We were actually shooting in North Carolina. It’s 100 degrees, like 98 percent humidity. There’s, like, 400 extras, or some crazy number. They’re all little kids. They’re standing in the hot sun. We felt so badly. We’re, like, handing out Popsicles to keep their strength up and they’re just dropping like flies.
Are people going to have brightly colored skin?
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.
Did you tone down her look from what’s described in the book?
Yeah, you know, it was like, “What’s the shape of the hair? Is it long? Is it curly? Is it short? Is it straight?” And I know Suzanne Collins had ideas, so it was all about like, “What can we do tonally right in the movie?” You can get away with a lot of things in a book that you can’t get away with when you’re visually watching kids kill each other. So we just wanted to make sure that she didn’t look too clownish. And that we honored the solemnity of what’s going on in the book. I wouldn’t say we it toned it down at all, but it’s very specific.