Elizabeth Banks Breaks Down Her Hunky Co-Stars

4.30.2014

By Stacy Lambe

From James Marsden to Russell Crowe, the actress opens up about her male on-screen counterparts

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If there's one thing we love about the talented and beautiful Elizabeth Banks, it's her ability to pick roles opposite of Hollywood's hottest leading men. With Walk of Shame opening this weekend, Banks reunites with the hunky James Marsden for a second time on the big screen. But he's not the only actor Banks has found herself working with multiple times. Some of her most recurring co-stars include Paul Rudd (Wet Hot American Summer, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Role Models, Our Idiot Brother), Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man films, The Details) and Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games films).

"It's mostly conscious," Banks says of choosing projects that involve people she's previously worked with. "It really comes down to trust."

Knowing that we'll never get to work alongside these A-list men, we asked Banks to clue us in.

On James Marsden's stunning good looks:

"He's absolutely drop-dead gorgeous. That stomach, I can't even stand it. I can't believe I had to be naked next to him. He's such a specimen."

And his personality:

"He's really just an authentic, lovely person."

On Paul Rudd's ageless appeal:

"He's so young at heart! He has a baby-face. Wouldn't it be great if I was like, 'Young? He looks like shit.' He doesn't age. That's totally true. He looks exactly the same as he used to look."

On Russell Crowe (The Next Three Days) with or without a beard:

"I like him with."

On Woody Harrelson withholding True Detective spoilers:

"You know what, that fucker did not [give up any spoilers]. He was really tight with the details. It was really annoying. We talked about it all the time. He would not let us in on anything. The entire cast and set of [The Hunger Games] was bugging him about that."

On Twitter advice for Alec Baldwin (30 Rock):

"I have no advice for Alec Baldwin. Alec Baldwin needs no advice."

On who is the best kisser:

"You know, you're never supposed to make an actress choose. [Laughs] I will say this: I was nominated for a MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss with Mark Wahlberg. I think that's a strong contender."

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