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David O. Russell Apologizes for Comparing Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' Role to Slavery

January 15, 2014 (3:24 am) GMT
The 'American Hustle' director calls his slavery comparison regarding Lawrence's role in the 'Hunger Games' movies 'a stupid analogy in a poor attempt at humor.'

David O. Russell backtracks his comment that compares 's role in "" movies to slavery. "Clearly I used a stupid analogy in a poor attempt at humor," the director says as quoted by The Hollywood Reporter. "I realized it the minute I said it, and I am truly sorry."

Russell who directed Lawrence in "" and "" slammed "The Hunger Games" producers for overworking the Oscar winner. It reportedly took her the second half of 2013 to promote "" before she was able to focus on "Hustle".

"I personally think they should give her a bit of breathing room over there because they're printing money," he told The New York Daily News' Confidenti@l. "But she's a very alive person." He went on, "I'll tell you what it is about that girl - talk about 12 years of slavery, that's what the franchise is."

Lawrence is currently busy finishing "" and "" which are filmed back to back for November 21, 2014 and November 20, 2015 releases respectively. She is also expected to be involved in promoting "" due May 23 this year.

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