Banks Against the Machine: Star Takes on the Internet

Elizabeth Banks (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty)

If you’re a celebrity, one of the things you should probably never do is Google yourself.

Unless, of course, you’re interested in finding out who you’re supposedly dating, which films you’re supposedly making and in which ways you supposedly died on a European skiing trip. From Twitter to Wikipedia, there is no shortage of stuff you can learn about yourself on the Internet.

For example, did you know “Man on a Ledge” actress Elizabeth Banks was on the 1980s Nickelodeon game show “Finders Keepers” (source: Wikipedia)?

“Yeah, that’s not true at all,” Banks told me in an interview promoting the new Sam Worthington action flick. “It would be great if I was, but no, I was never. That’s some weird internet rumor. Honestly, I don’t even know what ‘Finders Keepers’ is.”

It was a popular Nick game show in which kids ran around a house following clues to hidden items. Winners usually got a pair of Converse sneakers or a trip to Space Camp.

“No. I never saw it. I don’t know anything about it,” Banks said.

The World Wide Web has also informed Elizabeth, who is starring in the highly anticipated film adaptation of “The Hunger Games,” that she is boring and unlikable as of late (source: Twitter).

In January, the 37-year-old star relayed a message from one un-adoring fan that read: “I hope @ElizabethBanks doesn’t ruin ‘The Hunger Games’ for me. Really starting to dislike her as of late.”

“I just like that he sent that to me. What am I supposed to do with that?” Banks said, laughing. “I had someone write me the other day, like, ‘Hey, I’m gonna stop following you because you’re boring.’ Alright, you don’t need to let me know. You could just stop following me. And then I look at his tweets and they’re literally about the weather. It’s Twitter. Not everything is gonna be amazing.”

If Banks hasn’t gotten used to the attention after several years as one of comedy’s hottest starlets, she should warm up to it quickly. The actress has five films scheduled for release this year, including “Hunger Games” this spring and the ensemble summer film “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” Currently, Banks can be seen as police negotiator Lydia Mercer in “Man on a Ledge.”

The film is centered on a convicted felon (Worthington) who breaks out of prison and perches himself on the ledge of a New York City hotel in an effort to prove his innocence.

When asked if her parents ever wrongly accused her of something when she was growing up, Elizabeth laughs at the idea. “If they did, we probably just blamed my sister,” she said. “I had a fall guy in my family and it was my middle sister. We did a lot of like, ‘Hey, listen. I have a license and you don’t, so I’m going to need you to take the fall for this one and, in exchange, I’ll drive you to the mall.’”

“There was a lot of political machination behind the scenes at the Banks house,” she said.

Elizabeth Banks was a schemer (source: Elizabeth Banks).


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