The actress appeared on ‘Today’ on Feb. 6 and revealed that she is ‘really upset’ for Philip’s three children and his partner of 15 years, Mimi O’Donnell. Plus, HollywoodLife.com caught up with her at the premiere of her children’s film ‘The Lego Movie.’
Elizabeth Banks was there to promote her new children’s film The Lego Movie, but did touch on the sad subject of her The Hunger Games co-star, Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s tragic heroin overdose. She appeared shaken by the tragedy and said she was “still processing” all of it.
Elizabeth Banks ‘In Shock’ Over Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death
HollywoodLife.com caught up with Elizabeth on the red carpet The Cinema Society screening of Warner Bros Pictures The Lego Movie on Feb. 5, and she told us that she will miss this “amazing actor.”
“His legacy as an actor is there for all of us to enjoy and see, and I think that’s how we should remember him,” she told us. “He was an amazing actor that entertained us for the past 25 years.”
Earlier that day, she sat down with Today host’s Al Roker and Natalie Morales, Elizabeth made it a point to talk about her late co-star.
“I’m still processing it,” she said. “I really am in shock.”
She didn’t stop there, she went on to sing his praises as an actor and said the entire cast of the film will miss him “terribly.”
He is an absolutely amazing actor, respected by everyone and part of our family at ‘The Hunger Games.’ We will miss him terribly, and obviously, (we’re) really upset for his children and his partner … it’s a tragedy.
Jennifer Lawrence & ‘Hunger Games’ Cast Mourn Philip
Philip, who played Plutarch Heavensbee, in Hunger Games: Catching Fire will reportedly not be replaced in the upcoming film. The cast was spotted back in Atlanta to film the next installment of the two-part sequel, just a few days after his Feb. 1 death.
“Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now,” director Francis Lawrence, and Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins said on behalf of the cast and crew. “Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family.”
It’s definitely such a sad loss for his family, friends, cast and fans all over the world.
— Chloe Melas, reporting by Kindra Bailey