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David O' Russell apologises for comparing Jennifer Lawrence's THG role to '12 years of slavery'


American Hustle director David O.Russell has apologised for his ill-advised comments after he claimed Jennifer Lawrence was being worked like a slave by producers of The Hunger Games franchise.

David, told Confidenti@l at the Australian Academy’s AACTA Awards on Friday: 'I’ll tell you what it is about that girl - talk about 12 years of slavery, that’s what the franchise is.'

And clearly realising he had crossed the line, added: 'And I'm going to get into trouble for this.'

However on Tuesday O. Russell apologised for his comments telling MailOnline: 'Clearly, I used a stupid analogy in a poor attempt at humor. I realized it the minute I said it and I am truly sorry.'

The director's ill-advised comments came as he warned the Oscar-winning actress, who earns a reported $10million per film, as on the verge of burning out after making 16 films in just five years.
Strong claims: David O. Russell has compared Jennifer's work schedule for the Hunger Games to slavery

Strong claims: David O. Russell has compared Jennifer's work schedule for the Hunger Games to slavery

But despite having worked with her on two films - Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle himself within that time, he blamed the 'hamster wheel' Hunger Games in which she plays heroine Katniss Everdeen, for overworking the young star.

Discussing the popular franchise O. Russell said: ‘I personally think they should give her a bit of breathing room over there because they’re printing money. But she’s a very alive person.’

He continued comparing the films, the third and fourth of which are currently being filmed, to a ‘hamster wheel’ and claimed that Jennifer sees prefers working on films such as American Hustle, which she compares to ‘a vacation.’

This time last year Jennifer fell ill with pneumonia following an exhaustive work schedule, which meant she almost didn’t make it to the awards season.

Anti-slavery campaigners will no doubt bristle at the stunning comparison to slavery O. Russell makes of the A-list star's life.

Aidan McQuade, director of Anti-Slavery International told the MailOnline: 'I think David Russell was trying to raise some legitimate concerns about how young actors are treated by powerful movie executives.

'The fact that Jennifer Lawrence - one of the finest actresses currently working – is not exempt speaks volumes.

'But I’m surprised that a director of David Russell’s calibre doesn’t appear to have taken the time to watch 12 Years a Slave or else he wouldn’t have been so glib with his comparisons.

'Indeed if he’s interested I would invite him to join me in visiting India or Nepal to see what real contemporary slavery looks like.

'Working up to 12 hours a day in a brick kiln for nearly nothing, living in squalid conditions and not being able to leave – that’s real slavery.'

It's not just anti-slavery charities who took issue with the comments, the director also came under fire from fans of the film.

Twitter user Zizza sarcastically wrote: ‘David O. Russell compares working on a multi-million $$$ film franchise to slavery. Yeah, totally accurate.’

Another user Kayleigh Anne posted a link to his quotes and said: ‘I will literally pay David O Russell to stop talking.’

While a Twitter user under the name Ana added: ‘Director David O. Russell Compares Jennifer Lawrence's Work Schedule to 12 Years of Slavery" ….why would you even?’

Jennifer first appeared in the Hunger Games in 2012 and reportedly received just $500,000 for her role despite it making more than $680 million in the box office.

By the time she filmed the sequel Catching Fire, she was thought to have negotiated a $10 million contract which would only have increased for the third and fourth films considering in that time Jennifer has gone on to win an Oscar.

As well as The Hunger Games, the star who picked up the Best Supporting Actress award at the Golden Globes on Sunday evening, also appears in the X-Men Franchise.

It has been reported in the past that there has been a struggle for the studios and Jennifer to schedule a time for filming as she is fully contracted to X Men, regardless of any other commitments.

Her work schedule doesn’t appear to be letting up any time soon as this year will see her reprise her role as Mystique in the film X-Men: Days Of Future Past, with James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender.

She will also be starring in her third collaboration film directed by David O. Russell, titled The Ends Of The Earth.

In addition, Lawrence will play Jeannette Walls in the film adaptation of Walls' best-selling memoir The Glass Castle.

A spokesperson for Jennifer and David have been contacted for comment.

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