Who will be seeing Elizabeth in Our Idiot Brother this weekend? The film hits theaters on Friday. Here’s a great new interview with Elizabeth about the film from HitFix.com.
Elizabeth Banks, for example, is someone who has been carving out a very strange and unorthodox career for herself, avoiding the sorts of easy crappy romantic comedies that so many actresses end up trapped in. She’s been working for the past decade without interruption, and it was in “Wet Hot American Summer” that she made her first strong impression. It’s fitting that her co-star in that film was Paul Rudd, because both of them got a huge bounce from that movie, proving that they had strong comic chops. For Banks, there were a number of small roles in big movies like Raimi’s “Spider-Man” series and “Catch Me If You Can” while also playing big roles in small movies like “The Baxter.”
She had her big mainstream breakthrough moment in Judd Apatow’s “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” and since then, she’s been one of those actresses who seems to book a wide range of roles, avoiding any easy typecasting. I like that she’s willing to work on TV series like “Scrubs” and “30 Rock” if the role is worthwhile, and for her to star as Laura Bush in Oliver Stone’s “W” in the same year that she starred in the sweet and raunchy “Zack and Miri Make A Porno,” it was obvious that she has real range. She’s got films like “Welcome To People” and “The Hunger Games” in the can for 2012, and I suspect she’s going to continue to make strong and diverse choices in the years ahead.