‘The Hunger Games’ Author Pushed for Elizabeth Banks’ Effie Trinket to Have a Bigger Role in the Movies

<p>When the first book in <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/tag/the-hunger-games/”><em>The Hunger Games</em></a> series came out in 2008, it became an instant phenomenon. Suzanne Collins’ novels told the story of <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/the-hunger-games-jennifer-lawrence-on-the-most-challenging-part-about-playing-katniss.html/”>Katniss Everdeen</a> and her struggle against the tyrannical Capitol, and the films based on the novels were massive financial successes.</p>

<p>Elizabeth Banks portrayed Effie Trinket, the Capitol delegate in charge of escorting the tributes from District 12 to the Hunger Games arena. While Effie’s role was significant in the first two books (<em>The Hunger Games </em>and <em>Catching Fire</em>), she was largely absent in the third (<em>Mockingjay</em>). As it turns out, Collins wanted more for the character in <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/mockingjay-film-could-prove-more-satisfying-than-book.html/”>the <em>Mockingjay </em>movies</a>.</p>

<h2 id=”h-elizabeth-banks-effie-trinket-was-a-standout-character-in-the-hunger-games-movies”>Elizabeth Banks’ Effie Trinket was a standout character in ‘The Hunger Games’ movies  </h2>

<figure class=”wp-block-image size-large”><img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” width=”1200″ height=”801″ src=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/elizabeth-banks-hunger-games.jpg?w=925″ alt=”elizabeth banks hunger games” class=”wp-image-3444986″ srcset=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/elizabeth-banks-hunger-games.jpg 1200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/elizabeth-banks-hunger-games.jpg?w=150&h=100 150w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/elizabeth-banks-hunger-games.jpg?w=640&h=427 640w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/elizabeth-banks-hunger-games.jpg?w=768&h=513 768w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/elizabeth-banks-hunger-games.jpg?w=1024&h=684 1024w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/elizabeth-banks-hunger-games.jpg?w=90&h=60 90w” sizes=”(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px”><figcaption class=”wp-element-caption”>Actress Elizabeth Banks arrives at the premiere of Lionsgate’s ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’ at Microsoft Theater on November 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic</figcaption></figure>

<p>Effie Trinket was a pivotal character in the books, and Banks did a fantastic job bringing her to life. From <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/the-hunger-games-used-over-500-wigs-pieces-hair-extras-capital-scenes.html/”>her bright wigs</a> to her flamboyant outfits, Banks fully embraced the Capitol’s outlandish culture. She also infused the character with her own sense of humor, which helped balance out the sad parts of the story.</p>

<p><a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/5-of-elizabeth-bankss-best-movie-roles.html/”>Banks’ portrayal of Effie Trinket</a> was so impressive that she became an instant fan favorite. Her delivery of lines like “Happy Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favor” became iconic.</p>

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<p>Over the years, Banks has expressed how much she loved playing Effie. In a 2014 interview with <a href=”https://www.digitalspy.com/movies/a553272/hunger-games-star-elizabeth-banks-effies-one-of-my-favourite-roles/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Extra</a>, the actor said, “I love Effie. She’s one of my favorite characters that I’ve ever played. She’s just an incredible character.”</p>

<h2 id=”h-suzanne-collins-wanted-effie-trinket-to-have-a-bigger-role-in-the-mockingjay-movies”>Suzanne Collins wanted Effie Trinket to have a bigger role in the ‘Mockingjay’ movies</h2>

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>First Look at Effie Trinket in ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’ <a href=”http://t.co/cvPqdMnjB2″>http://t.co/cvPqdMnjB2</a> <a href=”http://t.co/31DuSl9vMi”>pic.twitter.com/31DuSl9vMi</a></p>— Movieweb (@movieweb) <a href=”https://twitter.com/movieweb/status/616724333323390976?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 2, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<p>Collins was very delighted by Banks’ portrayal of Effie Trinket in the first two <em>Hunger Games</em> movies. As a result, she insisted on giving Effie a bigger role in the <em>Mockingjay </em>movies than she did in the book. According to <a href=”https://www.vulture.com/2014/08/why-is-effie-trinket-in-the-mockingjay-posters.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Vulture</a>, “When Suzanne Collins saw <em>Catching Fire</em>, she called and one of the first things she said was, ‘There’s no way Effie Trinket cannot be in the <em>Mockingjay </em>films,’” said <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/the-hunger-games-director-refused-film-sex-scenes-not-twilight.html/”>director Francis Lawrence</a>.</p>

<p>As fans of the book series know, Effie disappears throughout the bulk of the third book and doesn’t show up again until the very end. She is taken by the rebels and isn’t seen again until she is assisting Katniss in preparing for President Snow’s execution. However, Effie was given a more prominent role in the <em>Mockingjay </em>movies. She becomes a near-maternal mentor and confidant for Katniss. </p>

<h2 id=”h-there-were-several-changes-from-the-hunger-games-books-to-the-movies”>There were several changes from ‘The Hunger Games’ books to the movies</h2>

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>10 years since I picked the names out of a bowl that led to a revolution. Join me, Effie Trinket, in celebrating the 10 year anniversary of The Hunger Games. ? <a href=”https://t.co/ILIv3XhaHJ”>pic.twitter.com/ILIv3XhaHJ</a></p>— The Hunger Games ? (@TheHungerGames) <a href=”https://twitter.com/TheHungerGames/status/1506669604927533063?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>March 23, 2022</a></blockquote><script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

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<p>The <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/the-hunger-games-books.html/”>movie adaptations of <em>The Hunger Games</em></a> were mostly true to the source material. But they did deviate from the books in a few key ways. One significant change was that the films are not told in Katniss Everdeen’s first-person perspective like the books.</p>

<p>Another change was the relationship between Katniss and her sister. Katniss’s decision to volunteer as a tribute in place of her sister is a pivotal moment in the books. For the movie, however, the producers chose to show more scenes between the two characters before the reaping. Having the audience see the sisters interact like this made them feel closer to them and invested in their well-being.</p>

<p>Katniss’ sponsor gifts were also changed. In the film, they all have a unique chime, arrive in secure cases, and include handwritten letters from Haymitch Abernathy. No notes accompany the gifts in the book, but Katniss is able to infer what Haymitch is attempting to tell her.</p>

<p>Other changes include the expanded role of President Snow, Katniss being taller than most of the tributes, and the inclusion of new scenes. And while some purists were disappointed by these changes, they generally made the movies more interesting and impactful.</p>

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