The Hunger Games’ Effie: Inspired by a Famous Fictional Auntie
Written By Savvy Auntie Staff Writers
by Lauren Rogoff
Whether you’ve been swept up in the excitement of The Hunger Games since day one, Auntie, or are just joining in the fervor (check out our quick, handy guide here), no doubt the stunning getups of the cast have caught your eye. Elizabeth Banks’ character, Effie Trinket, is one of the most colorful and arresting characters portrayed in the film. Effie is the escort for the two protagonists. She is from the decadent Capitol, whose citizens are known for their outrageous fashions, dyeing their skin and hair in an ever-changing variety of hues, their outlandish accents, and gluttonous spirits.
Elizabeth Banks utterly transformed in order to play the role of Effie, and she has credited the inspiration for some of Effie’s most delightful affectations to one of the most famous fictional Aunties ever – Auntie Mame. Banks has said that, in particular, Effie’s grand voice was inspired by the portrayal of Auntie Mame by Rosalind Russell. Banks has said: "I really felt like Effie is everyone's 'Auntie Mame,' just an outrageous person who says all of the wrong things and has all these crazy friends and lives a very extravagant lifestyle that's beyond her."
For those unfamiliar with Auntie Mame, the version played by Rosalind Russell was in a 1958 film, based on the novel by Patrick Dennis. Additional movie adaptations, as well as a Broadway musical, have kept Auntie Mame close to the hearts of Americans (and many of us Aunties!) ever since. Mame is a flamboyant, extravagant Auntie, living an exciting life in Manhattan, who takes in her nephew when her brother unexpectedly passes away. Soon her nephew is swept up in her madcap adventures and her bohemian lifestyle. Mame’s famous motto that “Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!” seems particularly ironic as inspiration for a character from the only place where people aren’t starving in The Hunger Games.
So, Auntie, have a movie day with your nieces and nephews. Share Auntie Mame with them (whether it’s an old favorite for you or you are discovering it along with them for the first time) and see if you can spot how Elizabeth Banks got her motivation!
Published: March 24, 2012