‘Cocaine Bear’ director on tackling the R-rated horror-comedy

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Director and producer Elizabeth Banks attends a premiere for her film 'Cocaine Bear' in Los Angeles on February 21, 2023. Photo by Mario Anzuoni/REUTERS.

Director-producer Elizabeth Banks understood the challenges of making the mixed-genre horror-comedy “Cocaine Bear.”

“I knew that if we could just create inside the movie the sense of chaos that the bear represented, that the title represented, that the ride was for theater goers, the comedy really came second to me,” she states. “I didn't want to make a comedy, if you will. It ended up being really funny, though.”

Banks talks about hearing the call of destiny with “Cocaine Bear,” releasing the raunchy R-rated horror-comedy in theaters, working with Ray Liotta, and how she has dealt with failures in her career.

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