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What Did Elizabeth Banks's Fake 'Hunger Games' Nails Keep Her From Doing?

02/23/2012 at 09:00 AM ET

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Elizabeth Banks spent more than two hours in the makeup chair every morning transforming into The Hunger Games‘s eccentric escort Effie Trinket, but that wasn’t the toughest part of the job. The actress admits to that wearing her character’s fake nails every day really created some problems.

“Once they were on I literally couldn’t do anything,” she says. “I couldn’t iPhone, BlackBerry, use the computer. I couldn’t go to the bathroom. I couldn’t zip or unzip or do a button, I couldn’t wipe.” So maybe it’s TMI, but the actress considers it necessary knowledge. “I just want everyone to know how far we had to go to make The Hunger Games,” she jokes. (Since promotional photos of Effie Trinket’s nails aren’t available yet, we’ll have to wait until the movie is out to see them.)

Banks also has quite a wild wardrobe in the movie, but admits she was really excited about the clothes. “Effie is a very complicated character, and one of the things I loved about the costumes is that she’s technically a free person in this totalitarian society,” Banks explains. “She’s a resident of the Capitol, but the clothes are very constricting, restrictive. She can’t walk, she can barely breathe. I wanted that sense of oppression for her, and the easiest way to get it was in the clothes.” Tell us: Are you excited for The Hunger Games?


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daisyblue19 on

SOooooo excited! I don’t care if it’s a good adaptation or not, I still want to see it to flesh out the characters and storyline.

Sammi on

Love that you can’t even see her nails in the picture. COOL, People.

Boo on

@Sammi – uh, it clearly says in the article :

“Since promotional photos of Effie Trinket’s nails aren’t available yet, we’ll have to wait until the movie is out to see them.”

Jon on

Wow, they weren’t kidding when they were shooting The Hunger Games, like the PHOTO, can’t wait to see it, thanks for sharing, Elizabeth!

OMG! on

Can’t wait to see it, date night with my son! The cast looks just right and I can’t wait to see how they bring the story to life!

Sammi on

@Boo then they shouldn’t have even put this “story” on without a picture. It’s lame

Kayla on

LOVE! Can’t wait until the movie! Midnight release…!

Suua P. on

I Love The Hunger Games and I Love Katniss Everdeen!

christina garza on

Iphone, blackberry?? Since when are those verbs?

thomas on

I bet the Hunger Games government is a dream come true to the Republicans.

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