Jennifer Lawrence wows Donald Sutherland in The Hunger Games franchise

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 November 2015
Jennifer Lawrence at London premiere

Jennifer Lawrence

Donald Sutherland described Jennifer Lawrence's performance in 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 20' as "perfect" and "genius"

Jennifer Lawrence's performance in 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' is "genius", according to co-star Donald Sutherland.

The veteran actor was captivated by the 25-year-old beauty's depiction of heroine Katniss Everdeen in the last installment of the sci-fi war franchise, but he also believes the star - who has an array of acting plaudits under her belt - is never boastful about her talent.

Speaking at a press conference for the sequel today (06.11.15), Donald - who plays the President of Panem, Cornelius Snow - told BANG Showbiz: "Do I love that young woman's performance? She's a genius. She is a delivery system for truth. Her recognition of what is a character is extraordinary. And she does it without display, without an intent to manipulate an audience, to satisfy an audience, she just is the character. It's absolutely fabulous, fantastic, wonderful work.

"Even now, when I think of what she did, this film did, but she did in particular, it breaks me apart, and I'm 80 years old for Christs sake."

Jennifer is forced to scream and cry in one of the intense scenes, but Donald thinks the Oscar-winning actress was "perfect" in the role.

He continued: "She is able to suffer grief and loss and death and trauma and anger and rage, and to contain it in such a way that our experience of it as an audience member is palpable.

"You are never ever, unaware of what's happening to her. And then when she has an encounter in the kitchen, that I won't describe, out of her bursts everything and it breaks your heart. It tears your heart out of your chest as an audience member. It's perfect."

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 16min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Francis Lawrence
  • Written by: Peter Craig, Danny Strong
  • Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
  • UK release: 19 November 2015

In the final part of the saga, as the plot and pace pick up, Katniss (Lawrence) plots to kill Snow (Sutherland) and heads to the capital with a team of rebels. Bar a couple of stand-out scenes, it plods a bit and Lawrence feels like she's outgrown the role. Functional rather than fantastic.

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