Elizabeth Banks Defends 'Hunger Games' Brutality

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm •  Published: March 26, 2012

Elizabeth Banks is clearly excited by the incredible success of The Hunger Games, which hauled in $155 million domestically in its opening weekend, but she's also defending the film's portrayal of violence, saying that the filmmakers "are protecting our young fans."

"You know I think we protected the brutality that's necessary to tell this story, but we also are protecting our young fans," she tells ET. "It's a PG-13 movie, it's not R rated. I don't think there's anything excessive or exploitative about the violence in The Hunger Games."

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