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"We got to do some really dumb, stupid, fun things," Banks said of reprising the 2001 cult-classic comedy that reunites an all-star cast

By Wade Rouse and Mariah Haas
Updated June 03, 2015 03:30 PM
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Elizabeth Banks is certainly looking forward to summer – a Wet Hot American Summer, that is.

“It was like no time went by,” Banks said Tuesday about the new Netflix series set to air this summer that reprises the 2001 cult-classic comedy about Camp Firewood and reunites an all-star cast as some of the worst camp counselors in history.

Banks – who attended the L.A. premiere of the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy, in which she stars alongside John Cusack – said that “just working those people again” on the new Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp series was a blast. Those people, it turns out, happen to comprise a spectacular, star-studded cast that includes Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, Christopher Meloni, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Ian Black and Ken Marino.

“We slipped right back into it,” Banks said at the Love & Mercy premiere. “The sense of humor in those movies, you know that’s my comedic sensibility and it’s on full display. We got to do some really dumb, stupid, fun things.”

Banks, 41, has already enjoyed a sizzling start to 2015, directing and starring in the megahit Pitch Perfect 2 and, now, Love & Mercy, in which she plays Brian Wilson’s second wife, Melinda.

That film, she said, was nothing less that “inspiring,” and she called Wilson “a miracle.”

“He kept his creative fire alive and that urge to create alive through everything he’s gone through that includes abuse, manipulation, exploitation, mistreatment and misdiagnosis and mental illness, the death of his family, his brothers,” she said. “He’s the last one standing, and I think to have come out on the other side now and be leading such a charmed life and still be creating music – he’s like a miracle.”