As promised earlier this week People Magazine unveiled two new Hunger Games movie pictures. People promises more exclusive looks from The Hunger Games when the magazine hits newsstands this Friday.
People spoke to Elizabeth Banks about what it was like transforming herself into Effie Trinket for the movie.
“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 directorGary 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 agreat attitude. And, of course, that seems crazy.”
“Katniss is so strong, so courageous, and when faced with this overly positive, super-enthusiastic Effie, [Jennifer] and I definitely had some great moments of conflict,” says Banks – who admits to one major drawback in playing the outrageously dressed character.
“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.’
What do you guys think of the new pics? Who’s going out to buy a copy? The pictures will be in this week’s “Sexiest Man Alive” issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday