Director David O. Russell Compares Jennifer Lawrence's Work Schedule to "12 Years of Slavery"

About this time last year, Jennifer Lawrence was suffering from pneumonia and fearful she wouldn’t make it through awards season. Now, her “American Hustle” director David O. Russell, worries the 23-year-old star he directed to a “Silver Linings Playbook” Oscar, is close to pushing herself over the edge again.

He blames “The Hunger Games” franchise.

“I personally think they should give her a bit of breathing room over there because they’re printing money,” Russell exclusively told Confidenti@l at Friday’s Australian Academy’s AACTA Awards held in Los Angeles. “But she’s a very alive person.”

“I’ll tell you what it is about that girl — talk about 12 years of slavery, that’s what the franchise is. And I’m going to get in so much trouble for saying that.”

Russell further compared “The Hunger Games” to a “hamster wheel,” claiming Lawrence takes on more artistic roles as a “vacation” of sorts. The franchise has produced two films over the past two years with another pair on the way.

The AACTA International Award for Best Screenplay went to “American Hustle” writer Eric Warren Singer and Russell. Lawrence took home best actress.

Well he’s right about one thing, he’s definitely going to get in trouble for saying it. We get the point but we’re pretty sure he’s going to be apologizing soon enough.

Hard work or not, long days on set for healthy paychecks do not even come close to the horrors of slavery!