Elizabeth Banks Talks OUR IDIOT BROTHER, THE HUNGER GAMES, and Her Short Film, MIDDLE SCHOOL DATE Starring Chloe Moretz

     August 25, 2011

Elizabeth Banks OUR IDIOT BROTHER interview slice

It’s the end of summer and that means it’s finally time to see the films that everyone was talking about in Park City. Our Idiot Brother,  the first of the big sale items from the Sundance Film Festival, hits theaters this Friday from the newly reinvigorated Weinstein Company.  Unlike many Sundance offerings, this is an audience-friendly comedy starring Paul Rudd as the idiot sibling in question with Emily Mortimer, Rashida Jones, Zooey Deschanel and Elizabeth Banks playing the women he unintentionally tortures with his naiveté.

Recently, I sat down with Banks to discuss the film.  During our interview, Banks talked about this film’s non-connection to W., improv on set, what it’s like to have Paul Rudd as a stalker, being the ‘it’ girl in Hollywood and growing up a black sheep.  Banks also spilled a few beans on Middle School Date, a short film she directed starring Chloe Moretz, Jimmy Bennett and Christopher Mintz-Plasse and discussed what fans can expect from The Hunger Games.  Hit the jump to watch.

For more on Our Idiot Brother, here’s my video interviews with Paul Rudd and Rashida Jones.

Elizabeth Banks

  • When she first saw the title, did she think it was a sequel to W
  • Did the film have a lot of improv or did they stick to the script
  • She’s done a lot of films with Paul Rudd…is someone stalking the other?
  • How she’s become an “it girl” later in life and the choices she made as an actor
  • Was she the black sheep of the family
  • The Hunger Games talk. Did she know Steven Soderbergh was doing 2nd unit and also talks about what the fans can expect
  • Will the movie be PG-13
  • Talks about her short film that stars Chloe Moretz (Hit Girl in Kick-Ass), Jimmy Bennett and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. It’s called Middle School Date and it’s about how a middle school date goes wrong.


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