While Jennifer Lawrence's career is a relatively new affair, she's already drawn a lot of attention to her professional self, and with good reason. Her performances in such films as Winter's Bone, Silver Linings Playbook, and even The Hunger Games films have made her a force to be reckoned with. As if Lawrence's star couldn't rise any further, she's been compared to "the genius" of Jesus Christ himself. And her champion for canonization is none other than co-star Donald Sutherland.

E! Online caught up with the man who brought President Snow to life in equally iconic fashion, and he's a vocal supporter of the woman that he pretty much deified on the red carpet at the premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. You can read his glowing praise in the quote below:
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."

Recently, Donald Sutherland has been making his love for The Hunger Games franchise known, especially since he sees it as a bold call to activism for the next generation to take heed. Considering how he lobbied to get the part of President Snow, Katniss Everdeen's arch-nemesis and symbol of the old, corrupt guard of politics in the Hunger Games universe, if he says that Jennifer Lawrence is that good of a performer, you have to at the very least pay attention to what he has to say. In fact, he had even more to say in the quote below, regarding what exactly Lawrence brings to the table.
"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."

By the time most franchises like The Hunger Games end, those instrumental to such a hit can either find themselves moving on to more exciting projects (like the Harry Potter cast) or trying to redeem themselves for what they've wrought on the silver screen (you know exactly where this is going, Twilight.) Judging not only by our own Eric Eisenberg's pleased reaction to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, as well as the general favor the franchise has been in with the public, it looks like a lot of people would have to agree with Donald Sutherland's sterling praise.

You can pay homage to our new savior, Jennifer Lawrence, as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 opens in theaters this Thursday night. Collections will be held at the box office, and you'll have to purchase your Coke and popcorn sacrament separately.

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