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More From Elizabeth Banks' Visit

1/16/2009 12:01:00 AM
I can't get enough of all the press on Elizabeth Banks' visit to Boston. Here's another little blurb from the Globe:

She's made Pittsfield proud - and it has returned the favor Hometown hero Elizabeth Banks charmed everyone at the State House yesterday, delivering the keynote address at the Massachusetts Cultural Council's 2009 Commonwealth Awards. The producer and "W" actress schmoozed with legislators and arts honchos at a VIP lunch, then presented the Creative Community award to her hometown, Pittsfield, represented by Mayor James Ruberto. Her father, Mark Mitchell, husband Max Handelman, and high school drama teacher Ralph Hamman, accompanied her. She had worried her voice might sound a little "manly" - she said before her speech she was catching a cold - but when she stepped up to the mike she sounded mostly just humble. "That was thoroughly embarrassing," Banks said, of Hamman's introduction, in which he called his former student "passionate," forceful, and talented. Banks credited Pittsfield High's drama program for her career and said she's proud of her hometown arts community. "I lived through the downturn, when GE pulled out," she remembered. "We were a factory town and suddenly there was no factory. Now when I go home and walk down that main street . . . instead of looking into empty windows . . . I look into art studios." Banks also thanked lawmakers for the state's recent pro-film industry legislation. "I was thrilled that my first movie as a producer - 'The Surrogates' - was filmed here in Massachusetts. It was either here or Australia, so thank you for the tax break."

It's pretty neat to know that Ms. Banks was a producer on The Surrogates (here). I hope the trailer comes out soon.

Click (here) for the Globe blurb.

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