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Elizabeth Banks Talks Effie Trinket's Voice In 'The Hunger Games'

Elizabeth Banks

First Posted: 01/03/12 02:22 PM ET Updated: 01/03/12 02:22 PM ET

Even Kim Jong Il wouldn't want to mess with Effie Trinket.

In a recent interview with Lucky magazine, Elizabeth Banks opened up about what it was like to prepare for the role of Effie Trinket, the not-so-nice pink-haired woman who escorts terrified teens into an arena to fight to their death. In addition to her "uniquely hideous" appearance, complete with cotton candy hair, shaved eyebrows, and a deathly pale face; Banks worked with the movie's producers and director Gary Ross to get Effie's voice just right.

"It's based on my heroes, Rosalind Russell in 'Auntie Mame,' and Katharine Hepburn in 'The Philadelphia Story,'" she reveals.

Playing the terrifying Trinket isn't all the actress has on her mind; she's also working to recover from the death of Kim Jong Il, which threw the season 6 '30 Rock' storyline for a loop. "Appreciate the concern over Avery Jessup's fate now that Kim Jong Il has died. We're at a pivotal moment in history," Banks tweeted last month after fans anxiously asked if Jack Donaghy's wife would be set free now that her captor had passed on.

According to Us Weekly, producer Robert Carlock isn't too concerned. "We sort of went back to the script because we'd already shot eight or nine episodes and we realized that luckily we hadn't referred to King Jong Il by name yet -- just to North Korea in general," Carlock added. "We can't go back ... but the fun puzzle is turning around and trying to figure out how to get her out of there and how to continue things."

The 'Hunger Games' star will also appear in 'What To Expect When You're Expecting,' 'Movie 43,' and 'Man On A Ledge,' out this year.

For more, click over to Lucky.

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