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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Elizabeth Banks

11.22.2015
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Last time on The Good, The Bad & The Badass, we took a look at the career of actor Woody Harrelson. This week, we look at one of his HUNGER GAMES co-stars...
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Nobody's having as good a year professionally as Elizabeth Banks, and her success is well-deserved. A star-in-the-making for over a decade now, Banks has always felt like one of Hollywood's unsung heroines. She can really do it all. She's aces in all kinds of dramas, from big-budget studio types like SEABISCUIT to smaller-scaled indies like HEIGHTS or LITTLE ACCIDENTS, but she's also one heck of a comedienne as she's shown over-and-over again.

With her incredible good looks (I'd wager Banks is one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood) Banks should have hit the A-list a long time ago, but 2015 has really been the payoff to years of effort, with so many facets of her talent being on display throughout the year. Not only did she get raves for her turn in Bill Pohlad's LOVE & MERCY, but this summer she moved behind-the-camera to direct the $286 million grossing PITCH PERFECT 2, immediately making her one of the town's most in-demand new directors. And if that wasn't enough, this summer she also reunited with frequent collaborators David Wain and Michael Showalter for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, where she stole every scene she was in as the camp's resident heart-breaker/undercover journalist. Truly, Banks is on a roll and it feels like this is just the beginning of a great new chapter in her career, both as an actress and a director.

Her Best Work
 

LOVE & MERCY is one of the year's most underrated films, but as we get closer to Oscar season a lot of critics (and hopefully Academy voters) are starting to reevaluate it thanks to Roadside's excellent Awards campaign. Certainly, Banks is very worthy of a best supporting actress nod thanks to her exceptional work as Brian Wilson's eventual wife, Melinda. It's her performance that really makes the movie's central conceit – that Paul Dano plays the young Wilson while John Cusack plays him later-in-life – work. While she's being put up in the supporting category, in many ways she feels like the lead, as we truly see Wilson as observed by her in the eighties-set portion as opposed to the sixties 'Smile' sessions part, which play out like Wilson's tainted memories. It's a unique approach, and again – Banks is director Bill Pohlad's secret weapon.

Her Most Overrated Film
 

This is a tough category for Banks. While she's been in a few clunkers like WALK OF SHAME and THE DETAILS, even in bad movies Banks is always worth watching. One movie she's not quite able to save is Oliver Stone's controversial W. While there's no doubt an interesting film to be made about George W. Bush, it maybe came out a little too soon, with its release coming while he was still in his last few months in office. Too often it felt like an extended SNL parody, and Banks comes off better than most in the cast as Laura Bush, but even still the movie feels like a minor effort on Oliver Stone's resume, although some critics, including the great Roger Ebert, championed it.

Her Most Underrated Film
 

I always really liked James Gunn' SLITHER. A goofy, gooey throwback to movies like NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, it came and went without much of a trace upon its initial release. Maybe it was a little too hip and self-aware for audiences back then, although it's telling that the three principles, Nathan Fillion, Banks and director James Gunn, all went on to major stardom shortly after. Banks makes for a good horror movie heroine, with her comic timing being dead-on as she tangles with her hubby's (Michael Rooker) transformation into a particularly gruesome and gross creature.

Her Best Scene

While her role in THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN is small, Banks is easily one of the most memorable parts of the film. Playing a dazzling bookstore employee with the hots for our hero, her outstanding comic timing mixed with her incredible sex appeal leads to one of the funniest and most memorable seduction scenes in recent memory.

Her Five Best Films

5. SEABISCUIT
4. ZACK & MIRI MAKE A PORNO
3. WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER
2. THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN
1. LOVE & MERCY

Up Next

Banks is in the enviable position of now being much-in demand both in front and behind the camera. As an actress, she's been linked to RITA HAYWORTH WITH A HAND GRENADE, in which she'd play a war-correspondent. As a director, Banks is not only coming back for PITCH PERFECT 3, but has also been given the reigns of CHARLIE'S ANGELS, which is bound to be another blockbuster.  

Source: JoBlo.com

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9:23AM on 11/23/2015
I really like Elizabeth Banks in every performance. I loved Zack and Miri, and she bring so much to the character of Effie Trinket. She can be funny and moving. She isn't an actress to be typecast in only comedic roles.
I really like Elizabeth Banks in every performance. I loved Zack and Miri, and she bring so much to the character of Effie Trinket. She can be funny and moving. She isn't an actress to be typecast in only comedic roles.
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7:22AM on 11/23/2015
She is getting better as she progresses in her career. I am almost done with 'Love and Mercy" and she is definitely one part of the reason why the older Wilson's life story works so well.
She is getting better as she progresses in her career. I am almost done with 'Love and Mercy" and she is definitely one part of the reason why the older Wilson's life story works so well.
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11:52PM on 11/22/2015
Banks has been around for a while and is talented, but she lacks any true stand-out role or film in my opinion. She's probably best known as that lady with the funny hair in Hunger Games. I agree she was very good in Love & Mercy. I'd say Pitch Perfect 2 is her most overrated, since most seem to think it wasn't as good as the first, even if it did make more money.
Banks has been around for a while and is talented, but she lacks any true stand-out role or film in my opinion. She's probably best known as that lady with the funny hair in Hunger Games. I agree she was very good in Love & Mercy. I'd say Pitch Perfect 2 is her most overrated, since most seem to think it wasn't as good as the first, even if it did make more money.
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11:46PM on 11/22/2015
Elizabeth Banks > Kristen Wiig
Elizabeth Banks > Kristen Wiig
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11:24PM on 11/22/2015
I actually liked W. It's not the film I expected Oliver Stone to make, and did suffer a bit from not having hindsight. But the casting was mostly dead-on. I think we forget now how cartoonish the real life Bush cabinet seemed at times. These were people begging for a movie to be made about them. She was the ideal Laura Bush, too.
I actually liked W. It's not the film I expected Oliver Stone to make, and did suffer a bit from not having hindsight. But the casting was mostly dead-on. I think we forget now how cartoonish the real life Bush cabinet seemed at times. These were people begging for a movie to be made about them. She was the ideal Laura Bush, too.
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