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It's no secret that actress Elizabeth Banks is a huge fan of the "Hunger Games" books and movies — prior to the release of 2012's "The Hunger Games," she said that she pestered the film's producers, and even emailed Gary Ross, who directed the first film. "I just sent him a little email like, 'Just so you know, I'll totally play Effie, ha ha ha!' "
We all know the end result of that email, and after a successful turn as the bewigged Capitol liaison Effie Trinket, Banks is back for the second installment under the watchful eye of director Francis Lawrence. Her enthusiasm for the role has in no way faded, she told us in a recent interview.
"Honestly, I still can't believe I'm a part of it," Banks said of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." "It really is amazing and I love it. I'm very proud."
While the wild wigs, costume and makeup that make Banks nearly unrecognizable go a long way to building the memorable character, it turns out that the actress herself came up with several shout-outs and lines that will undoubtedly further cement Effie's place as a fan favorite.
To find out which line, head over to MTV News.