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'American Hustle' Director Equates Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' Contract w/ Slavery

So you're in the top grossing film of the year and you're fresh off of a Golden Globe win for a second film!  (Not to mention making a solid $10 million for said top grossing film.) Sounds like you're riding high, right?

Not if you're Jennifer Lawrence--at least if you're listening to American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell. 

Apparently, Russell feels the uber-successful Hunger Games franchise (which, again, is paying Lawrence bajillions and which she voluntarily signed on for) is constricting her.

"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. He took it even further, adding, "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." 

That was a 12 Years A Slave joke, in case you missed it. 

Russell issued a mea culpa saying: 

“Clearly, I used a stupid analogy in a poor attempt at humor,” he said in his apology. “I realized it the minute I said it and I am truly sorry.” 

Don't worry, David--we won't hold it against Jennifer. (Maybe you, but not Jennifer.)

 

(H/T: Vulture)

 

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