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A Chat with 'The Lego Movie' Star Elizabeth Banks--and You Have to Check Out These Lego Movie-Set Builds

Caryn Bailey

The one and only time I attempted to organize my son's gazillion Legos lasted all of a few hours. Anyone who's ever awoken in the middle of the night and set bare feet on those tiny little bricks can understand the urge to put them away—for good.  That clash between order and unlimited creativity is one many parents can relate to, which is why The Lego Movie will appeal to adults and children alike, albeit in different ways.

Emmet is an ordinary Lego mini-figure whose day-to-day life is governed by routine, rules and order.  "Everything is awesome," as the song goes, until he stumbles upon an underworld and a backstory that shows him things are not as they seem. In one early scene, Batman rescues Emmet and his new cohort WyldStyle, who are being pursued by Lord Business' evil sidekick Bad Cop/Good Cop, showing up in the Old West to break up a barroom brawl. Then there's a temperamental hybrid unicorn/anime kitten called Uni-kitty in Cloud Cuckoo Land. Clearly nothing is impossible in Lego land. 

During a recent press day held at the Legoland Resort, Elizabeth Banks sat down with an intimate group of press to discuss her role as WyldStyle in the film and how she is inspiring her own children to discover their greatness.

"I was really excited to play an action heroine who is so kick-butt and rescues the boy," she said about her character, an homage to '80s hip-hop she describes as "moody and brooding."

Elizabeth Banks' three tips on dealing with your kids and not going crazy:

1. Regardless of your circumstances, unconditional love and support go a long way.

2. Follow their lead.

3. Understand that they are working out how the world works all of the time.

She gave us an example of number three, when her son accidentally spilled a smoothie on the table. "Part of me is like 'aaahh!' and I'm running to get a paper towel to clean it up. And then part of me is like… he doesn't know what it's going to feel like if he runs his hand through it and it's going to feel amazing! You kind of got to let them get the smoothie out." 


Four facts you may not know about the movie set pieces pictured below, which will be on display for the public to see at the Legoland Resort in Carlsbad, California, starting February 20:

  It took the Lego Master Builders five weeks to design the models that make up the worlds that appear in Finn's basement.

A team of 10 Lego Master Builders spent 2,000 hours building all of the models used in the film.

-  The finished models contain nearly 1.5 million Lego bricks and elements.

All of the sets are comprised of authentic Lego bricks and can be re-created (with some time and creativity).

Beyond the film's cinematography, the filmmakers have managed to capture the essence of the Lego entity and the ingenuity these bricks have inspired among children from its inception. It's a story about the child in all of us and an important reminder that change is a good thing… a necessity… and that there is something extraordinary in each of us. Now THAT is awesome.


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