Elizabeth Banks Couldn't Do Anything But 'Sit Like a Monk' Because of Her 'Power Rangers' Costume

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Elizabeth Banks Couldn't Do Anything But 'Sit Like a Monk' Because of Her 'Power Rangers' Costume

Hunger Games films, but Elizabeth Banks might be playing her most outlandish character yet, the evil and powerful Rita Repulsa in the upcoming Power Rangers. Of course, the part, made famous by Machiko Soga in the original series, was no wallflower to begin with and that’s what attracted Banks to the role.” data-reactid=”21″>It might seem hard to believe for an actress that’s played Effie Trinket over four Hunger Games films, but Elizabeth Banks might be playing her most outlandish character yet, the evil and powerful Rita Repulsa in the upcoming Power Rangers. Of course, the part, made famous by Machiko Soga in the original series, was no wallflower to begin with and that’s what attracted Banks to the role.

“We were very much about her essence, you know, really finding the playfulness and the unhinged wild-eyed crazy quality of her that I think people will love about her and which I love about her,” Banks told our Khail Anonymous at the junket for Power Rangers.

Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa in ‘Power Rangers’ (Photo: Kimberly French/Lionsgate/Courtesy Everett Collection)

Yet, while she might have had fun playing the part, wearing the costume wasn’t quite as enjoyable an experience. With the long nails she had to sport, amusement from a smartphone wasn’t coming. “I couldn’t text,” Banks said. “Also, I was wearing contact lenses, which I’ve never done before.  They rendered me nearly blind so I couldn’t read or do anything. I couldn’t do anything with my gloves.”

“I basically just sat in a chair like a monk for the entire shoot,” she joked. “I did, every once in a while, put my earbuds in. But I was wearing some fake ears and stuff too so I couldn’t mess with that too much. Don’t cry for me, it’s not a big deal.”

Rita Repulsa’s hands hold the faces of Power Rangers more easily than iPhones. (Photo: Kimberley French/Lionsgate/courtesy Everett Collection)

The costume has changed quite a bit from the series, and with it comes more information about Repulsa. “You know, I felt like we were really delving into her mythology in this movie in a way that I don’t think anyone’s really talked about.,” Banks shared. “Like, who Rita was or where she was from or how she was related to everybody. So, for me, that was the most exciting thing about it. Without giving everything away, I felt like the costume was the clues, and that was really fun to put out in the world. It was fun to give people a little taste.”

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Published at Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:38:32 +0000