Director David O’Russell says Jennifer Lawrence is under too much pressure

American Hustle director David O’Russell has accused Hunger Games producers of treating Jennifer Lawrence like a slave.

‘Talk about 12 Years A Slave – that’s what the [Hunger Games] franchise is,’ said David, 55.

‘They keep her on a hamster wheel, then she spends her vacation on American Hustle!’

Last year, Jen, 23, suffered from pneumonia and also needed hospital treatment for exhaustion.

David has admitted that he’s begged the star – who won a Best Supporting Actress gong for her role in American Hustle at the Golden Globes last week – to reduce her workload.

Luckily, David has since apologised for his clanger, saying: ‘Clearly I used a stupid analogy in a poor attempt at humour. I’m truly sorry.’

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