A new image from next March’s hottest ticket, “The Hunger Games” is online. It’s a pic featuring Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Effie Trinket (an almost unrecognizable Elizabeth Banks) as they oversee the gala commencement ceremony of the future’s answer to the Commonwealth Games – only it’s spears, arrows and knives being used here, not protein powder and stamina.
Speaking to People, Banks (“Zack and Miri Make a Porno”, “W”, “The Next Three Days”) says she “would be in the hair and makeup trailer and I was Elizabeth, and then the wig went on and very suddenly I was Effie. Every day I would have that aha moment, like, ‘We did it! We found Effie!’ ”
Effie is the publicist of the games, if you will.
“Effie is a very complicated woman,” says Banks, who previously worked with director Gary 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 a great attitude. And, of course, that seems crazy.”
Believe it or not it wasn’t the slog out in the make-up chair that did Banks in, but the footwear.
“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.’ ”