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08/27/2011 by Kristina Lopez

In her latest film, "Our Idiot Brother" actress Elizabeth Banks is surrounded a cast of good friends, which she said, made it an easy choice for her to sign on to the project.

"This movie was such an easy yes because the cast is amazing and we're all sort of friends," the actress said in an interview provided by The Weinstein Company. "This is my fifth movie with Paul Rudd."

The two actors have teamed up in films like "The 40-year-old Virgin," "Wet Hot American Summer," "The Baxter" and "Role Models."

"I knew going into this movie we all have the same work ethic and we all have the same sensibility and we're all going to take care of each other," Banks said. "When you're acting in something like this it's really important to have trust that everyone is bringing their A game every day."

"Our Idiot Brother" stars Paul Rudd as an idealist stoner who invades the lives of his three sisters, played by Banks, Emily Mortimer and Zooey Deschanel. The comedy hit theaters on August 26, 2011. (Check out photos from the film's Hollywood premiere here).

In the film, which hit theaters on August 26, Banks plays Miranda, a career-driven journalist who is about to get the big break of her career. "She really wants to control a situation that ultimately she fails at controlling. I always think that's kind of funny," Banks said about her character.

As for Rudd's character Ned, Banks said, "He has no money, no job, no place to live. His best friend -- which is his dog -- just got taken away from him and he's just completely reliant on the kindness of strangers."

"Thank goodness we're not strangers because no stranger would help him the way that his family helps him and takes him in under their wing," Banks added. "When you're down and out, blood is thicker than water, so you better keep your family close."

The actress also opened up about a person in her life that was most like Rudd's carefree character in the film. "The closest example in my own life to someone like Ned was ... my uncle dated this really great woman named Moira for like ten years when I was growing up," she said. "She was the first person I knew who rolled her own cigarettes and she was really dippy and she made jewelry for us. We just worshiped her."

"She always wore long flowing dress and Birkenstocks and was always going to like lesbian weddings in Vermont before that was cool, before that was legal, before anyone allowed that" Banks added. "I think it's really important for kids to sort of know people like that. People that aren't obsessed with material things, or work, that really that just wants to exist and be free with themselves in their life."

Check out the trailer for "Our Idiot Brother" below.

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