Elizabeth Banks Reflects On Her Last Day Of 'Hunger Games' Filming

Elizabeth Banks has finished her last day filming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. She revealed that though the movies strayed a bit from the books, it was quite the ride escorting Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen.

Katniss has come a long way from having to fight for her food and her love, and the Hunger Games have gone past the boundaries of the Capitol-driven competition.

In the films Banks plays Effie Trinket, the official escort for District 12 tributes such as Katniss and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). There are spoilers below, so if you don't want the movie ruined, feel free to read something else.

Banks starts out talking about how Effie jumps out of her comfort zone while Katniss leads a revolution against the Capitol.
"Effie really is a fish out of water in District 13 and they do not have anywhere near the resources that the Capitol does.

"So Effie really finds herself having to what I like to call 'Project Runway' her way' through the wardrobe that's given to everyone. Everyone gets sort of standard wardrobe in District 13 and she of course has to put her own twist on everything … she can make anything fabulous."

While Elizabeth Banks' Effie really doesn't make much of an appearance in the book, the studio decided that they liked her enough to give her more screen time.
"Well she [Effie] doesn't make an appearance in District 13 in the actual book, but Suzanne Collins and [director Francis Lawrence] and I... everyone sort of came to me and said 'We really feel like Effie... it would be really fun to keep her involved in the story' and of course I'm thrilled to be a part of it and get to go to 13 and take care of Katniss a little bit longer."
Though Elizabeth Banks might not be part of the action as much as Jennifer Lawrence, there is a good reason her character was the only escort to survive the "games." She joined the rebellion and will be part of the end of the long running aristocratic rule.
"It's really about a full scale rebellion and a war between the Capitol and the Districts. So all the action sequences are just amazing and upgraded … action-movie level stuff going on, not just the story of a small-town girl."
Banks admits she loved her character, and her last day of filming was bittersweet, "It was a sad day and I wrapped on a day when no one else did. It was really sort of lonely and depressing."

Are you excited to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, as Jennifer Lawrence and Elizabeth Banks not only bring the competition to another level, but end it? Catch the highly anticipated first part when it hits theaters November 21.

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