Elizabeth Banks calls sex a “fairly ridiculous, horrifyingly embarrassing act”


Elizabeth Banks is a curious little number, for she has a tendency to appear on the red carpet and in magazine shoots looking like a very prim and proper lady. Then, one only needs to catch a glimpse of the bathtub scene in The 40-Year-Old Virgin to realize that Banks has a risque minx hiding inside of her. And it doesn’t stop there, for Banks has previously talked before with Esquire about the concept of “good naked vs. bad naked.” Now, Banks sits down again with the men’s magazine to promote her new movie, My Idiot Brother (which, sadly, debuted in sixth place over the weekend) and talk about, among other things, why she finds sex to be absolutely hilarious:

On Why Sex Is Funny: Well, it’s a fairly ridiculous act. I mean, let’s be honest: It’s a very primal thing that you’re doing and it involves, you know — it’s what they call bumping uglies, which sort of puts it in the right place. It’s a horrifyingly embarrassing act. It’s the most vulnerable you can be as a person, I think.

On The Appeal Of “The Hunger Games”: There’s no one thing. Just read the books. [Laughs] They’re very easy to read – I read all of them in like, hours – but they’re hard to summarize, because there’s a lot going on. Like “Game of Thrones.” I wanted to play this role. I asked to play this role. I wholeheartedly pursued it.

On How She Got Sucked Into Twitter: I accidentally got on Twitter because there was a fake Elizabeth Banks, twittering, and David Wain, who’s the director of Role Models and a good friend of mine, was staying at my house in L.A., twittering. I didn’t know anything about Twitter at the time, but he was following me, thinking it was me. And this person tweeted, “Hanging out by my pool! Just chilling on Saturday!” And David Wain was actually hanging out by my pool, on Saturday, and I wasn’t there. I was in New York or something. And so he was like, “Huh, I don’t think you’re Elizabeth Banks.” And this person broke down, and said, “No I’m not Elizabeth Banks. I started this because I’m a fan and now I have all these followers and I don’t know what to do.” David called me and said, “Do you want me to broker the password away from this guy and get your identity back on Twitter?” And he did! So, yeah: I got Twitter identity theft.

On Television Vs. Film Work: I love the finality of film. When you make a movie, you know the beginning, middle, and end. Television, one week you think you’re a single child from Alabama, and then they throw in your secret brother, your half-sister, your drunk mom. Like, on “30 Rock,” who knew I was gonna end up married to Kim Jong-un?

[From Esquire]

Banks is pretty correct about sex as a ridiculous act when you really think about the mechanics of it, right? As far as Twitter impersonations go, that particular problem was pretty widespread while the social media site started to become more popular, but I think “verified” accounts have helped cut down on a lot of the riff raff. Even Eli Roth had a Twitter faker at one point who was randomly (and comically) announcing bizarre movie-related developments that were obviously not true; but then Roth took over the account only to get “verified” before immediately commencing with the orgy of the Blueberries. As far as I’m aware, Banks has done nothing of the sort on Twitter, so girlfriend needs to step up her game to stay relevant! I’m only kidding, I think.

Back to the Esquire column at hand, however. As you can see the photos that accompany the piece are, well, pretty meh. This photoshoot contains absolutely none of the charm of Banks’ last Esquire shoot, which makes me wonder even more about the future of that magazine. To be perfectly blunt, Esquire is really falling down on the job lately with their photoshoots — they did a horrific job with the “Bradley Cooper and the Cougars” concept. Since Banks herself has recently declared that “Life’s too short to work with a–holes,” perhaps her people should push for photoshoots that are at least as interesting as her words, no?



Photos courtesy of Esquire

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23 Responses to “Elizabeth Banks calls sex a “fairly ridiculous, horrifyingly embarrassing act””

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  1. Krissy says:

    Dumbest photo shoot ever.

    edit: I do like that her little crows feet are not airbrushed out..gives her personality

  2. brin says:

    I like her too but this photo shoot is so meh.

  3. the original bellaluna says:

    Ummm…duh. Sex is (of course!) a very primal act. And yes, it is sometimes awkward and/or embarrassing the first time or few (as a virgin or with a new person.)

    But once you get the mechanics and sync down…LOOK OUT! (Spoken as a woman whose been with the same man for over 11 years.)

  4. 9 out 10 experts recommend says:

    I really like her. She does seem very vanilla, but I can see a twist. Loved her in Zack & Miri

  5. machiavelli says:

    That looks like a Sears photoshoot.

  6. Praise St. Angie! says:

    what’s ridiculous and embarrassing is that cardigan she’s wearing.

  7. Eve says:

    Yeah, she’s partially right. But I so would love to do ridiculous, embarrassing things with Tahar Rahim, Jesse Eisenberg and Chris Evans…*sigh*

    P.S.: Not at the same time, people.

  8. jinni says:

    What in the Mr. Rogers hell is she wearing?

  9. Darlene says:

    I’m sorry, they put her in a CARDIGAN for her photo shoot???

  10. LeManda says:

    If You love her like I love her you HAVE to see The Next Three Days!!!!
    I was blown away by this movie!!!!!

  11. curleque says:

    She looks like she’s posing for her driver’s license pic with that blue background and crappy roll-out-of-bed hair and cardigan.

  12. Sakyiwaa says:

    Sex… Why is this word always on people’s minds?

  13. aenflex says:

    the styling isnt great, but at least she isnt ‘shopped to oblivion. we should give esq credit for that

  14. Rita says:

    Yes, when examined from a purely logical view point, sex is a ridiculous act. So is going poop but nobody is going to stop doing that either.

  15. sauvage says:

    I would never ever be tempted to call anything that leads to an orgasm ‘ridiculous’. But that’s just me.

  16. anti says:

    driver’s license photo shoot! :D

  17. Becky says:

    “Our Idiot Brother” was really cute and surprisingly intelligent. That sucks that it opened in 6th place.

  18. Emily says:

    Well when you think about what you do during sex, it is pretty stupid. Some of the things people do-I remember the first time I heard about oral sex, I thought the person telling me was joking. But hey, I think the ends totally justify the means.

  19. jemshoes says:

    I think Esquire was trying to put the ‘sexy’ back into the cardigan. ;) Or maybe they just wanted to make Elizabeth look prim and proper to go with her comment on sex. It’s actually kind of awesome that she’s wearing a cardigan; that Esquire (for whatever reason) eschewed shooting her as a femme fatale or even as the typical fresh-faced girl-next-next-door. She’s in a cardigan! It’s daggy and defiant at the same time.

  20. SolitaryAngel says:

    Clearly, she isn’t doing it right–or having sex with the right partner!!!