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Elizabeth Banks: Lawrence will be so famous

Elizabeth Banks has joked she wouldn't wish the level of Jennifer Lawrence's impending fame "on anybody".

The actress stars alongside the Oscar-nominated star in the highly-anticipated movie The Hunger Games. With the action-thriller set to be a massive success when it is released later this month, Elizabeth says Jennifer needs to prepare herself for the spotlight that will undoubtedly ensue.

Elizabeth - who plays Effie Trinket in the film - has laughed about the hype surrounding the film.

"I have no idea [how she's going to cope] and I wouldn't wish it on anyone!" she laughed to Cover Media at the European premiere of The Hunger Games.

The Gary Ross-directed film also stars Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson. Elizabeth says the up-and-coming cast were a delight to work alongside.

"Everybody is amazing. They are very young but so talented and easy-going," she gushed.

"Everybody took the work really seriously, but no-one took themselves too seriously, and it made for a very playful set."

Elizabeth also spoke about her no-nonsense character. The Hunger Games, based on the popular Suzanne Collins novel, tells the story of a post-apocalyptic North America. One boy and one girl from each of the 12 districts surrounding the all-powerful Capitol are selected to fight in a televised battle to the death.

Effie works as an escort for District 12 - where Jennifer's character Katniss Everdeen is from.

"She is cold, but I approached it as she's doing a job, and the job that she's doing is cold," she laughed.

Elizabeth also shrugged off pressure from fans of the book.

"I read the books long before I ever signed up for the movie, and I love the books and I love the characters and I love Effie. So when it came my way, I jumped at it," she smiled.

The Hunger Games is released worldwide from March 23 2012.

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