Pittsfield's Elizabeth Banks is back, leading cast and crew in newest 'Charlie's Angels' reboot

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PITTSFIELD — Pittsfield native Elizabeth Banks is nabbing a slew of new film credits in the latest installment of "Charlie's Angels," which opens in theaters Friday, and she recently shared a glimpse into her early life in the Berkshires in an interview with a British newspaper.

The film — written, directed and produced by Banks — follows a corporate worker who discovers a sinister scheme in a large tech company, but is dismissed by her male bosses; some even might view the plot as political.

"I'm not making any grand statements," Banks told The Guardian. "I happened to make an action movie about corporate malfeasance that also happens to star women and everyone's like, `What a political statement!' And I'm like, `Is it?' If they were all men and it was the exact same story, it wouldn't be very political, would it? I wanted to make a broader, appealing movie rather than something actually political."

Banks was born in Elizabeth Mitchell in Pittsfield to a bank clerk and a factory worker, The Guardian writes.

"My upbringing was socio-economically tough," she said, which "meant that you had to make decisions about what you could afford. ... It's what Kamala Harris talks about a lot now. A $500 emergency will put a lot of families into bankruptcy, basically. That's what it was like. When I was growing up, if the car broke down, it was a state of emergency. My parents did an excellent job shielding us from it. But to me, a big part of success is not worrying if the car breaks down."

Banks has appeared in such films as "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "What to Expect When You're Expecting" and "The Hunger Games" trilogy.

She was also a producer on "Pitch Perfect" and a director on "Pitch Perfect 2," which became the highest-grossing music comedy film of all time, according to The Guardian.

Banks also plays a role in the new "Charlie's Angels": the new Bosley to current Angels Sabina (Kristen Stewart), Elena (Naomi Scott) and Jane (Ella Balinska).



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