Elizabeth Banks talks about playing a sexy toy in ‘The Lego Movie’

Elizabeth Banks voices one of the toys in "The Lego Movie." Credit: Getty Images
Elizabeth Banks voices one of the toys in “The Lego Movie.”
Credit: Getty Images

Elizabeth Banks has been seduced by a poorly chest-shaven Steve Carell (“The 40 Year Old Virgin”), played Laura Bush (“W.”) and had sex with Seth Rogen (“Zack and Miri Make a Porno”). But none of this, surely, is as surreal as doing press on “The Lego Movie.” To promote her vocal role as toy hero Wyldstyle, she winds up installed in the Legoland amusement park. Why not?

Is this the weirdest junket experience you’ve ever had?

I’ll tell you, this is the most exciting junket I’ve ever been on because Morgan Freeman’s here. He’s a genius. Everything he says is gold. I mean, I edit [myself] because I still want to get jobs. [Laughs] Whereas Morgan Freeman’s like, “F— it. I’m on the other side. They’re going to hire me no matter what.” And he’s right. They should, because he’s a genius.

The running joke about your character’s name is everyone assumes she’s a DJ or something. So if you were actually a DJ, what would be your DJ name?

Um… I’m definitely not a DJ. I’m actually terrible with all that stuff. But my DJ name would be… like, Solo Claudia Goldenschwartz. “Solo” because I’m a solo DJ, I do it on my own.

Your character, while being a Lego figure, actually has curves.

Well, they’re kind of drawn-on curves. Wonder Woman does, too. She’s got, like, a sweetheart neckline, too. She’s got the impression of it, anyway.

Did the curves strike you as odd?

I didn’t notice, actually. But it wouldn’t bother me. I’m OK with it. I mean, if someone’s like, “She’s a really sexy Lego, is that weird?” That’s on you, man. Who knows, you might be a boob man. Look, I’m here to blaze a trail, and if that’s how I do it, so be it.

While this is an animated film, did you get to work much with your co-stars?

I was really lucky on this. I recorded probably four sessions with Chris Pratt and then two sessions with Chris and me and Will Arnett. The three of us together, that was a very fun time. It was a lot of wasted time making each other laugh with jokes that are completely inappropriate for a children’s movie.

What sorts of jokes are we talking about?

Well, Batman has a real kinky side to him, let’s just say that. Look at him. He’s in basically in an S&M outfit.

What’s coming up next for you?

My life right now is all about “Pitch Perfect 2.” I produced the first movie, I’m producing [and directing] the second movie. It’s all about getting that script ready to go into production, bringing the cast back together and getting it ready for a release in 2015.

Were there many obstacles in getting the sequel set up?

[The studio] wants to make it, we just want to make the best version that we can. There’s a little pressure. They want to release it and they’re picking a date for it, so the pressure is, as always, we want to tell a really fun, funny, inspiring story, and we’re just homing in on that.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Protesters say new Met Opera is anti-Semitic

Protesters, including a former mayor and governor, gathered outside of the Metropolitan Opera on Monday afternoon to protest the opening of “The Death of Klinghoffer.”

Local

Brooklyn girl's death ruled a homicide

The New York City Medical Examiner has ruled the death of a Brooklyn toddler a homicide. Jeida Torres, 3, was found bruised and unresponsive Saturday…

Local

New York City continues to prepare for Ebola…

New York City continues to prepare for the possibility of Ebola. There have been numerous scares, but no confirmed cases. Representatives from about 150 unions…

Local

NYPD nabs alleged serial bank robber

  The NYPD has arrested a man they say is responsible for multiple Manhattan bank robberies this month. Police have arrested a Brooklyn man they…

Entertainment

We the Economy: Morgan Spurlock's new crusade

If Morgan Spurlock gets his way, you won't be able to avoid We the Economy, the series of 20 shorts films curated by the "Super…

Arts

3 Parody plays lampoon your childhood, adulthood and…

Whether you loved the source material or you're going in blind, these parody plays have something for every audience member. We rate three of NYC's hottest satirical shows.

Gossip

Who has more power: Harry Styles or Amal…

Amal Clooney comes in fourth on The Evening Standard's Most Influential Londoners list.

Music

#AskPaul McCartney reveals his love of American pop…

For an Englishman, Paul McCartney's pop culture tastes would fit right in stateside. The former Beatle (@PaulMcCartney) revealed that he has a real thing for…

NFL

Breno Giacomini: Media blowing up Golden Tate-Percy Harvin…

According to Breno Giacomini, the fight between Golden Tate and Percy Harvin during Super Bowl week was over by the time the lineman turned around.

College

College football AP Top 25 rankings: Mississippi State…

College football AP Top 25 rankings: Mississippi State holds off FSU

NHL

NHL Power Rankings: Sharks, Canadiens, Blackhawks out in…

NHL Power Rankings: Sharks, Canadiens, Blackhawks out in front

NFL

DeMarco Murray carries Cowboys to win over Giants

The Giants knew they would need to stop DeMarco Murray if they were going to leave Dallas with a win. It didn't matter.

Education

Is a 'gap year' after high school for…

It’s a familiar script that millions of students follow each year: Graduate high school and then immediately start college. But more and more students are…

Parenting

New news about Kate Middleton's pregnancy

The Palace released a statement about Kate Middleton's pregnancy.

Parenting

Cool book for kids: 'The Princess In Black'

"The Princess In Black" will change the way girls view princesses.

Wellbeing

Gabby Bernstein: The 3 questions I always get

For the last decade, I’ve been writing self-help books and preaching the Gospel of Gabby to audiences throughout the world. And no matter what country…