Before Elizabeth Banks turned heads in Judd Apatow's 'The 40 Year Old Virgin' and made a career out of being a hilarious and beautiful leading lady, she had some much lesser-known roles in television and film. In today's Way Back When, we take a look at some smaller parts -- and one awkward commercial -- you've probably never seen.
I don't watch many movies like 'People Like Us.' Weepies, they call 'em. (Okay, they called 'em that in 1940.) (Okay, they called 'em that in 1940 in my mind.) Weepies are basically little bits of soap opera – some family struggle which culminates in tears, hugs and a big fat life lesson. Sometimes we get lucky and they explode with insight and good writing (I mean, what's 'Hannah and Her Sisters' if not soap opera?) and break out of their Lifetime Network ghetto.
'People Like Us' doesn't quite do that, but the card up its sleeve is an extremely likable cast of solid actors who photograph really well. Even though everyone on screen is supposed to be at their emotional breaking points, the movie still deals in wish fulfillment to see how beautiful people cope with (and resolve) sexier problems than we'll ever have.
As the whirlwind promotion for 'The Hunger Games' begins settling down (like it even needs it anymore), it looks like Elizabeth Banks finally has enough time on her hands to bring a resolution to one of '30 Rock's most-enduring mysteries? Mysteries? That's right, even '30 Rock' has mysteries!