Jennifer Lawrence is Like Jesus or Joan of Arc, Legendary Actor Claims

One of Jennifer Lawrence’s Hunger Games co-stars has compared her to Jesus Christ or Joan of Arc.

Donald Sutherland, who plays Lawrence’s nemesis President Snow in the Hunger Games franchise, offered that extravagant praise at the Mockingjay, Part 1 premiere.

Sutherland, whose son is Kiefer Sutherland (Jack Bauer from 24), has enjoyed a long, distinguished career on screen as both a leading man and in a supporting role, with 176 acting credits to his name on IMDB.

The elder Sutherland told E!Online the following about J-Law.

When I worked with her, I realized the child was a genius. She’s the right person at the right time in the sense of Joan of Arc or Jesus Christ, any genius, in that sense. She has the ability as an actor to tell the truth out of the material and that truth is immediately recognizable with everybody because it hits you in your heart, your solar plexus and your mind. And she has the genius of person to be not affected by all of this. She’s just a real girl.”

As far as the new film in the series is concerned, the third installment of the franchise, while certain to be a financial success, is projecting below expectations, the Inquisitr previously reported, along with mixed reviews.

In her role as Katniss Everdeen, Jennifer Lawrence, 24, is the highest-grossing action heroine of all time, according to the 2015 Guinness Book of World Records. Prior to the release of Mockingjay, Part 1, the franchise has already earned $1.25 billion worldwide. Still early in her career, J-Law has already won an Academy Award and two Golden Globes for performances in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is due out in the fall of 2015. The films are based on a trilogy of science-fiction novels by Suzanne Collins. “The series chronicles a horribly destructive civil war taking place in a dystopic future in which a small class of hedonistic oligarchs subjugate, torture, and murder the citizenry at will. Yet the franchise’s essential appeal for many readers and viewers centers on a teenage love triangle, inarguably an issue of slighter moral and dramatic weight (unless, of course, you are a teenager)…In Mockingjay Part I… the symbolic wars of the Hunger Games—staged as cathartic spectacles for a depraved aristocracy—have given way to real war, state terror, and armed rebellion on a grand scale,” Slate summarized.

Do you agree at all with Donald Sutherland that actress Jennifer Lawrence has Christ-like, genius attributes, or is he just engaging in Hollywood hype to promote the Hunger Games movie?

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