WATCH: "Hunger Games" actress Elizabeth Banks mocks "over the top" Trump entrance

"I don't usually say this about Donald Trump, but that was over the top," she noted

By Scott Eric Kaufman
July 27, 2016 4:10AM (UTC)
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Actress Elizabeth Banks looks over the podium area during a sound check before the start of the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (AP)

Actress Elizabeth Banks mocked Donald Trump's "over the top" entrance from the first night of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, emerging from a dimly lit, fog-strewn backstage area to Queen's "We Are The Champions" -- although presumably the Democrats sought and obtained permission to use the song.

"I don't usually say this about Donald Trump, but that was over the top," she said when she finally reached the podium. "I confirmed it, just now. The Trump campaign is so hard up for money, I just bought that fog machine on eBay for $30."


Banks later noted that in "The Hunger Games" films, she played "a cruel, out-of-touch reality TV star who wears insane wigs while delivering long-winded speeches in a violent dystopia -- so when I tuned in to Cleveland last week, I was like, 'Hey, that's my act!'"

She went on to introduce the work that Hillary Clinton has done with children since the beginning of her career.

Watch her entrance and speech below via TPM.


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