'Pitch Perfect 2' World Premiere: Rebel Wilson Talks Elizabeth Banks, Bette Midler Biopic and Fat Amy Prequel
"Sometimes I thought she was Effie from The Hunger Games," says Rebel Wilson of Elizabeth Banks' directorial debut.
Downtown Los Angeles was an earthquake of fandom on Friday night, between a Los Angeles Clippers victory and the Pitch Perfect 2 world premiere. Fans cried, screamed, selfied and attempted to stay on pitch with Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Hailee Steinfeld, Ester Dean, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin, Ben Platt and more on the Nokia Theater L.A. Live black carpet.
Who is Pitch Perfect 2 star and first-time director Elizabeth Banks a fan of? "I have to thank my favorite person in Hollywood, Donna Langley" she told the Nokia Theater-packed audience before the screening started. While Banks shared her love for the Universal Pictures chairman, the cast shared accounts of being both a fan and fearing their director.
“Sometimes I thought she was Effie from The Hunger Games, she’s very strict,” Rebel Wilson told The Hollywood Reporter. She added: “We thought ‘oh yay, an actress’ but she really corralled us in and kept us in line.” A humorous scene from the film was when Fat Amy professed her love for Bumper (Adam DeVine), which ended up being one of the hardest to shoot: “That was one of the only numbers that was done live. It was 110 degrees that day in Louisiana, I was so disgusting. I was sweating I was drinking water out of the ore, and then I found out later that made me sick from drinking the lake water.”
Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore said Banks “really didn’t need any advice, What we really talked about were the musical numbers. She took them ten steps further.”
Moore said of directing a music-centric show for the small screen, — Glee just ended, Empire is taking off with ratings-records galore and Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down is underway for Netflix — “I would love to. I have a theater background and I think that people love it so much now and it makes me really so happy. I’d have to find a genre.”
Hailee Steinfeld told THR, “It would be amazing to do. To work on a movie that was music based for three months, a TV show would be an awesome experience.”
“I was a fan of Glee. I’d love to do something where I play a female rapper. But movie wise I’d love to do a Bette Midler biopic and have all her songs in it. She is like legit, way cool and she’s a fan of Pitch Perfect," Wilson said.
“I’m pretty spoiled because I was on American Dreams, which didn’t get as much recognition as it should have because it was kind of before it's time in the way that it had performers come on and play their idols. I wish if anything we can just do American Dreams again because now there is such an audience for it. I’d take all the Barden Bellas with me," Brittany Snow told THR.
Snow also shared an exclusive secret with THR about her and Anna Kendrick's tribute to one of their favorite films. "I was watching the movie and I was like 'oh my God no one knows that!' There is something hidden in there that Anna and I did. We both love the movie Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead and we wanted to pay homage to Christina Applegate and that movie so there's a line in this movie where she says, 'I'm right on top of that Chlo,' and we just made sure that was there because the line in Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, is 'I'm right on top of that Rose.'"
Snow's plans for Pitch Perfect 3? "I'd love to see Chloe take the advice of letting go of her control issues. She's probably going to be a hippy." Writer Kay Cannon said, "I do want to write the third one. I don't want to give over my baby to someone else. I would love to see Tracy Morgan in it. Not only because I think he's hilarious, but I miss him and want to see him perform again."
Wilson would also love to see a Pitch Perfect 3 where, "All the Bellas are together becoming a legit singing group out of college. I also think a Fat Amy origins story would be awesome."
The after party continued with a karaoke stage, photo booth, and food by Wolfgang Puck. The Green Bay Packers, Jill Soloway, Shawn Carter Peterson, Tyler Hoechlin, Jaden Smith, Yara Shahidi, and Rebecca Black were also in attendance.