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‘People Like Us’ hits theatres today. Elizabeth Banks has been making the rounds, promoting a movie that I personally can’t wait to see. She recently spoke with 10 News…
After wowing audiences earlier this year with her dead-on portrayal of the bizarre Effie Trinket in the smash dystopian thriller “The Hunger Games,” actress Elizabeth Banks admits as she’s getting ready for the release of her latest film “People Like Us” that she’s still looking for a way to describe the feelings on playing the District 12 escort.
“There really are not words,” Banks told me, laughing, in a recent interview. “To be embraced by so many people around the world — it’s a big thrill. I do this job to entertain people, so to entertain that many people is pretty exciting.”
Banks is especially thrilled to have the chance to entertain people again, and in dramatic fashion, no less, in “People Like Us,” the directorial debut of acclaimed screenwriter Alex Kurtzman.
Opening in theaters Friday, “People Like Us” strips away all the glam makeup, hair and fashion that defined Effie in “The Hunger Games” and bares the soul of a character that is easily Banks’ most emotionally satisfying portrayal to date.
Chris Pine plays Sam in “People Like Us,” a fast-talking, New York corporate hustler who, after his estranged father, Jerry, dies, reluctantly returns home to California to no more than put in appearance for the sake of his mother (Michelle Pfeiffer).
But instead of making a quick exit home with his girlfriend (Olivia Wilde), Sam, per his father’s will, is tasked with delivering $150,000 in cash to Frankie (Banks) — a half-sister he never knew he had.
Once Sam locates Frankie, he finds a way to befriend the struggling single mother, but doesn’t have the heart to deliver the cash and tell her the truth about their father — especially when Frankie reveals that Jerry was a big part of her life until he abandoned her mother and her when she was 8 years old.
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