Rounding out a very “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”-filled week on “Good Morning America,” stars Elizabeth Banks and Lenny Kravitz stopped by the morning show to talk about their characters and the blockbuster flick.
“Effie is a lot of fun. She has a lot of layers and she really grows as a person in this film, I think, a little bit. At her heart, she is just a very theatrical person, very over the top, very excessive. She’s meant to represent the excess and extravagance of the Capitol,” Banks says.
As for her inspiration for the character, Banks explains, “I looked a lot at Rosalind Russell in ‘Auntie Mame.’ It was one of my all time favorites growing up. I always thought, like, ‘I want an aunt in fabulous New York City who I can go visit who has fabulous friends like Lenny Kravitz,’ and here I am.”
Kravitz also opened up about his character, Katniss’s stylist Cinna, and his important role in “The Hunger Games” story.
“Cinna’s a really great character,” he says. “What I love about him is that he knows who Katniss is way before everybody else does. He really understands who she’s to become, which enables him to put himself on the line for her in the way that he does.”
Asked which dress is her favorite from the series, Banks picked one iconic look from “Catching Fire.”
“I wear a lot of Alexander McQueen in the movie. One dress in particular I wear in the Reaping scene, we call it the butterfly dress. It’s made from 10,000 feathers hand painted to look like monarch butterflies,” Banks says. “It’s three-dimensional, and actually attracted actual monarch butterflies flew at me while we were shooting, so it’s very magical.”
So is making “The Hunger Games” as fun as it is to watch the movies? “We work had and play hard, and Lenny likes to host,” Banks quips.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is in theaters today.