Elizabeth Banks' 'Hunger Games' Details Will Have Fans on the Edge of Their Seats

elizabeth banks stars as effie trinket in the hunger gamesThe premiere of The Hunger Games is just around the corner, but for fans of the futuristic thriller, even a month feels like a long time to wait. So, thank goodness for actress Elizabeth Banks, who plays Effie Trinket! She spoke with MTV recently about some of the scenes she herself can't wait to see play out on the big screen. And she also spilled details about what it was like to film said scenes!

In other words, we've got some actual, legit, straight-from-the-source scoop now on what we can expect come March 23 ...


Elizabeth explained that she actually hasn't seen "much of the arena," so she's really "excited to see the actual Games." She elaborated:

It's very emotional. We really become very attached to the characters, even Cato and Thresh, kind of the bad guys of the book. We really are attached to everybody's journey, and so I'm really excited to see how that all plays out.

As a fan of the books, I have to admit this struck me off guard. I figured Hollywood would be hell-bent on keeping the battle lines drawn between the "good guys" (Katniss, Peeta, Rue) and their nemeses (Cato, Thresh, Clove, Glimmer, etc.) But it sounds like the script actually takes it a step further, giving the antagonists 3-D character treatment. If that's the case, I'm sure we'll be even more impressed with the end result.

Banks also dished on the filming of The Reaping, which she calls "amazing."

We get to see a heroine step forward and show herself for the first time and come to life, and it was a really remarkable scene to shoot. It was difficult to shoot under insane conditions, about 105 degrees the couple days we shot it. We had all these young kids there dropping like flies. It was madness, and it's also the only time we spend in District 12.

Hmm, interesting. Although I'm guessing she doesn't mean its the only scene that takes place in District 12? She probably just meant "we" as in representatives from the Games. (There must be plenty more in District 12 involving Katniss, Peeta, Prim, Gale, etc.) Speaking of, she also talked about her co-star Woody Harrelson, who plays Katniss and Peeta's coach, Haymitch:

I think whenever it’s difficult, one of my favorite ways to deal with it is to joke around. We take the work seriously, but we try not to take ourselves too seriously. Woody is a great partner in crime. He tells really off-color jokes and is fantastically self-deprecating and fun to be around.

All in all, it sounds like these details are adding up to an amazing result on camera. Surely, Elizabeth's revelations aren't exactly making it easier to wait it out! But thankfully, the flick will be here before we know it.

What scene are you most looking forward to seeing in the film?


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