One of the most emotional scenes in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” is when Katniss Everdeen sings “The Hanging Tree,” a song she learned from her father. The ballad becomes a rallying cry for the rebels in their fight against The Capitol and spurs the revolution forward.
For Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss, the performance was equally harrowing. “Jen was not happy she had to sing it all day long. She cried a little bit in the morning,” director Francis Lawrence said of the sequence during an interview with AOL BUILD.
“When I sing, I sound like a deer that has been caught in a fence,” Jennifer Lawrencejoked during last weekend’s “Saturday Night Live.” In a separate interview with MTV,Lawrence said she had never sung in front of anyone before. “So that was a terrible day,” she said.
Fans can decide for themselves by listening below. Featuring music by composer James Newton Howard and an arrangment put together by The Lumineers, “The Hanging Tree” is available on the “Mockingjay – Part 1” score, out Nov. 24.