Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz talk fashion in 'Catching Fire' (Video)
Elizabeth Banks and Lenny Kravitz play two of the most fashionable characters in "The Hunger Games" franchise.
Banks plays Effie Trinket, the escort for tributes from District 12 who is known for her posh and eccentric fashion style. Kravitz plays Cinna, Katniss' stylist during the 74th and 75th Hunger Games.
The two talked to OTRC.com correspondent Tony Cabrera recently about the fashion featured in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," being a part of a cultural phenomenon and more. (Warning: Some spoilers ahead.)
Check out the Elizabeth Banks and Lenny Kravitz Q&A with Cabrera below.
The fashion in the first film was cool. The fashion in this film is like cool with a capital C, I think. Would you say?
Kravitz: "I agree."
Banks: "Definitely an upgrade. In this film, 'Catching Fire,' we spend a lot more time in the Capitol and that provided the opportunity to really showcase what Capitol Couture would look like and we had an amazing costume designer in Trish Summerville, who just pulled looks from all over the world, interesting designers, Japanese designers, British designers, Americans. I mean, she designed some of the stuff. It was a chance to really go for it and we did. We had fun."
Well when it comes to Cinna, your costumes are a lot more your style.
Kravitz: "A bit more. I mean, he was definitely more subdued in the first film. You know, vests and slacks and just simple shirts. It was inspired more by say a classic designer, like an Yves Saint Laurent or somebody who would wear, you know, something like that. In this one, he's definitely got more edge in the clothing and leather and really beautiful, modern cuts and yeah. So he stepped up his game as well."
Banks: "The whole movie has more edge."
How long were Effie's costume changes? I mean, every scene you're wearing something different from the eyelashes to everything.
Banks: "For the party, I wore sequined tights like a showgirl from Vegas would wear and I had to pull them up -- just putting one leg on would take like 10 minutes because we could only go like an inch at a time or else we would've ripped them or pulled them or, you know, lost beading and it was -- that was the most intense."
Now, this movie, by the end of it, you would've been a part of "The Hunger Games" for about four years. That's like college. That's high school.
Banks: "No, longer actually. More like six years."
Looking back and looking forward, this being a part of your life, what does it mean? What does this chapter of your life mean?
Banks: "I love Effie. I think anytime you can be a part of something that as many people as the fans of 'The Hunger Games' are, as many people as this love -- you know, if you get one of these in your career it's pretty, pretty great."
Kravitz: "Yeah, it's a cultural phenomenon."
Banks: "So it's fun to be part of something and to play Effie, who I think is really iconic."
You're right, it's a phenomenon.
Kravitz: "It is. It's just one of those things that ... catches fire [smiles]."
It's tracking to be one of the biggest openings ever.
Kravitz: "I think it will be."
Banks: "We'll see."
After watching it, I think it will be the biggest.
Banks: "Wow. Well, it is quite a good movie."
Looking forward to "Mockingjay," you know we're stepping it up again, edgier or how would we say the costumes are?
Banks: "Well, you know, revolution is starting, so we'll see. "Mockingjay," as you know in the book, they're in District 13. District 13 is -- it's not the Capitol. So we'll see."
Check out the trailer for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" below. The film hits theaters on Nov. 22.
Reporting by Tony Cabrera, correspondent for the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings). The series is produced by KABC Television near Los Angeles.