Director David O.Russell has apologised for controversially comparing Hollywood darling Jennifer Lawrence's Hunger Games franchise work as true slavery.
The American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook director yesterday said that Lawrence's long days of hard work filming the Hunger Games is the modern equivalent slavery.
‘I personally think they should give her a bit of breathing room over there because they’re printing money," he began. "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.”
Mr O. Russell did indeed find himself in hot water for the comments and apologised for the suggestion today.
Clearly, I used a stupid analogy in a poor attempt at humour. I realized it the minute I said it and I am truly sorry," he told the MailOnline.
Lawrence contracted pneumonia last year and her director and friend blamed her work with the hugely popular franchise for her illness.
And the Oscar winner earned $26 million last year, with most of her income coming from her Hunger Games role.
On Sunday, the actress won the Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe for her role in American Hustle and is expecting to receive an Academy Award nomination on Thursday, when the nods are announced.