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Elizabeth Banks Saves Brian Wilson as ‘Love & Mercy’ Hero Melinda Ledbetter (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Elizabeth Banks Saves Brian Wilson as 'Love & Mercy' Hero Melinda Ledbetter (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Pennsylvania-born Banks has had a varied and rich career, playing dumb and smart blondes in dramas and comedies, from Steven Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You Can” to “Spider-Man,” “Sea Biscuit,” “40 Year-Old Virgin,” TV’s “30 Rock,” “Zach and Miri Make a Porno” and Effie Trinket in the “Hunger Games” series, which is finally coming to an end.

This year she took the directing reins on acapella sequel “Pitch Perfect 2,” which opened to strong reviews at number one and continues to pull summer audiences, with worldwide box office of $233.7 million to date. 

READ: The ‘Love & Mercy’ Family Reveal Brian Wilson, Myth and Man

Remarkably, playing the Cadillac saleswoman who stood up to control-freak pseudo-shrink Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti) in order to free fragile ex-Beach Boy (John Cusack) from his clutches is Banks’ juiciest role to date. Having met Wilson and Ledbetter at the Sundance Film Festival, when he was first reemerging into the public eye, I can attest to how much the film rings true. 

Bill Pohlad’s well-reviewed kaleidoscopic portrait of Wilson, from mop top Beach Boy (Paul Dano) to dazed schizophrenic eager to hook up with open-hearted Melinda Ledbetter, opens Friday via Roadside Attractions. 

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