Elizabeth Banks is clearly a personal favorite of Craig Ferguson’s. In her most recent appearance any doubt of that was quickly dismissed, as he continued to try and find a crack in the 16 plus year relationship she has with her husband and the fact that this is the second time she has been on the show in the past 45 days. Granted, she is in not one, but three films currently in release, but this appearance other than a clip to remind us that she played Laura Bush in W, had little to do with her roles in that film or her other two (“Role Models” and “Zack & Miri Make a Porno”) films.
Looking strikingly beautiful in a short red dress, Banks started the edgy banter by proclaiming that she was admittedly wearing “come _____ me shoes.” Even Ferguson seemed flustered and believe me, it takes quite a lot to do that. She then spiced it up a notch by putting her legs up on the desk, being sure to cover up anything that might haunt her in the future, or at least on TMZ the following night. Then it was a not so subtle segue into a four-minute “poop” story for which she takes credit as an aficionado. In this case I will not do it justice, so I advise you to watch the interview with a bottle of Pepto close by.
It all just added up to a curious appearance that while packing a high degree of entertainment/shock value did little for why someone would come on a talk show in the first place. That being said, if Banks’ mission was to convince prospective producers that she has no problem handling any level of gross material they could throw at her, I guess she was a success. But for the casual insomniac, I doubt if she won over any new fans or sold any tickets. Look, I’m not slamming her for bad taste, just that the whole appearance seemed like a waste of time. Yes, she is clearly a go to guest for Ferguson, but she’s clearly just filling time here and that doesn’t serve anyone.