‘American Hustle’ director compares Lawrence’s ‘Hunger Games’ contract to slavery

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Actress Jennifer Lawrence accepted an award for Best Supporting Actress in “American Hustle” at the Golden Globes Sunday night, but the movie’s director David O. Russell had some pretty choice words about the star’s “Hunger Games” contract.

About this time last year, Jennifer Lawrence was suffering from pneumonia and feared she wouldn’t be able make it through the awards season, the New York Daily News reported. Now, Mr. Russell worries that the star’s schedule will exhaust her.

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“I personally think they should give her a bit of breathing room over there because they’re printing money,” he told the Daily News at Friday’s Australian Academy’s AACTA Awards 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.”

The film “12 Years a Slave,” directed by Steve McQueen, snagged an award for Best Motion Picture Sunday night. The movie follows the life of Solomon Northup, a black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery in the antebellum United States.

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