Jennifer Lawrence sings in the new “Hunger Games” movie, “Mockingjay Part One” and the breakout Oscar winning actress actually cried before singing in the movie for the Hanging Tree scene from the book by Suzanne Collins.
Lawrence is certainly a talented actress, but the movie’s director Francis Lawrence wasn’t sure that she would sing. What he was sure of, however, was that having her sing on camera for that particular scene was probably her worst day on the set of the upcoming flick.
The director revealed, “She’d probably tell you it was her least favorite day. She was horrified to sing, she cried a little bit in the morning before she had to sing. But she did it and she did it all day – and she hated me for making her do it all day – but she did and it’s great. She’ll probably never really understand it because she’s so sensitive about the singing.”
Jennifer Lawrence’s singing ability was unknown to the director prior to the scenes being shot, but once she sang for the first time, he enlisted the help of The Lumineers to write the melody and hired a vocal coach for her. He said, “The Lumineers sent the melody over and then we had a vocal coach, who sort of shifted the key for Jen’s voice. Then she started working with Jen once or twice – Jen didn’t really want to do too much of the training – but she recorded it for me as a test so I could hear it. I was worried, I really thought we were going to have to do a bunch of pitch shifting, but she sounded great. What do you hear in the movie is what she did on the day in the quarry.”
The director referred to Lawrence as the “goofiest of the bunch” adding that her antics didn’t actually cause any interruptions in the filming of the movie. He said, “She can usually play through. She doesn’t usually start laughing in the middle of a take. Woody I would say probably messes up the most if he’s been joking around. He loses track of what’s going on. He laughs a lot.”
With regard to the cast as a whole, the director added, “They’re playful anyway” adding that he never loses his temper with any of them. He said, “Never, with the cast, never with the joking.”
Jennifer Lawrence sings in the movie and we cannot wait to hear this scene and how all of the editing came together to make it happen. Will you be heading to the theater on November 20th?[Photo Credit: Twitter]