Elizabeth Banks and Chris Pine star in the new film "People Like Us" and the actors dished about the film's real life inspiration and how they pick what roles to take on in their careers.
"I think that it's really important to say that although this is based on Alex's [Kurtzman] -- our writer/director's real life experience, there's an incredible among fictionalized," Pine told OnTheRedCarpet.com correspondent George Pennacchio in a recent interview. "So for instance, Alex's sister was not in AA, she wasn't a single mom and a lot of the drama that unfolds for dramatic purposes wasn't precisely what happened to Alex."
In the film Pine plays Sam, a man deep in debt who flies home to Los Angeles for his father's funeral. He later discovers his father's will stipulates that Sam must deliver $150,000 in cash to a woman named Frankie (played by Banks) who turns out to be his sister. Frankie is a 30-year-old recovering alcoholic with a 12-year-old son (played by Michael Hall D'Addari.) Michelle Pfeiffer also stars as Sam's mother.
"I didn't really feel a responsibility other than doing justice to the great writing that Alex gave us," Pine said about having to portray a fictionalized account of the writer/director's life on screen.
Banks, who recently starred in the blockbuster hit film "The Hunger Games" and the romantic comedy "What To Expect When You're Expecting," described that she looked for when taking on a new role.
"I don't want to sound too humble about it but I am really always just looking for a great character," the 38-year-old actress said. "Whether that character is like dumb, dumb Beth in 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin' who like lives in the Valley and goes to Community College and like loves a good time or Frankie in 'People Like Us' who is a struggling, working class, single mom -- I'm just looking for someone I recognize, a character that I can bring a certain point of view to and that's it.""Sometimes they're in big action movies and sometimes they're in dramas and sometimes they're in comedies," she added.
Despite the fact that "People Like Us" tackles adult issues like death and infidelity, Banks says that people of any age can take something away from the film.
"To me this movie is about family, generally and whether you're a 60 or 10 I feel like there's something that you can hook into here," Banks said. "We don't get to choose our family but we can choose to love our family. We need to be making that choice every day because we can't make it through life on our own. We need people like us."
"People Like Us" hit theaters on June 29. Check out the trailer below.
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, parent company of OnTheRedCarpet.com that also produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet"(check for local TV listings).