David O. Russell: Jennifer Lawrence’s Work In ‘The Hunger Games’ Is Slavery

January 14th, 2014 // 27 Comments
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The Hunger Games are essentially the next Twilight series albeit with better acting, reviews and story because it’s not a Mormom abstinence parable with sparkle-wiener vampires. So with that naturally comes a grueling film schedule and public attention which Jennifer Lawrence has never openly complained about because she’s the anti-Kristen Stewart a.k.a. fucking delightful. Which is why it makes no sense that David O. Russell would tell Confidenti@l that her work in the franchise is on par with slavery. Yup.

“I personally think they should give her a bit of breathing room over there because they’re printing money,” Russell exclusively told Confidenti@l at Friday’s Australian Academy’s AACTA Awards held 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.”
Russell further compared “The Hunger Games” to a “hamster wheel,” claiming Lawrence takes on more artistic roles as a “vacation” of sorts.

And David O. Russell might be completely right. The Hunger Games probably is physically draining on Jennifer Lawrence and not exactly the most artistic of endeavors, but at the end of the day, she makes millions of dollars for doing a goddamn dream job and is gracious enough not to even think anyone would want to hear her bitch about it. Except now she just got roped to a jackass who went straight Kanye and compared it to slavery. Which is rich coming from the guy George Clooney once punched in the face for assaulting an assistant director on the set of Three Kings. Then again, Russell could’ve just accidentally said the word “marriage” within earshot of Clooney, so that may not have been the best example. Ignore that one.

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  1. it’s always enlightening when a rich white man of power chimes in on misguided analogies to actual slavery.

  2. There is also very famous video of Russell just totally losing his shit on Lily Tomblin (a woman, in her 60s) on the set of ‘I Heart Huckabees’.

  3. Margaret

    It’s always so nice to hear from all of these delusionists commenting on their lives playing pretend in the easiest most crazily overpayed, undeserved manner of living as they produce mental and artistic dog shit and think they have anything to complain about.

  4. “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.”

    Well, you might…what with people actually knowing what slavery IS and all.

    Next, why don’t you tell us how having to eat Craft Services buffet food is the same as the Holocaust.

  5. Satan's Right Hand

    It was just like slavery. I mean she probably only got to spend multiple hours in her luxurious trailer worth hundreds of thousands of dollars while having to get by on the food that was brought to her by her assistant and having to get by on a paltry several million dollars. I hear thats going to be in the DVD version of 12 years a Slave.

  6. We can’t use the term slave in a jokey way now? Every culture on Earth had slaves at one time or another. Sigh…now that I think about it I honestly don’t give a fuck. Get outraged all you want.

    • JC

      I doubt most people would raise much of a fuss about a casual, non-specific slave reference, i.e., “I’m really slaving away on the Smith account.” But here’s where Russell fucked up:

      1. He’s talking about slavery in reference to someone getting paid a bazillion dollars to play pretend.
      2. He referenced “12 Years a Slave,” a movie based on a true story of a free man who’s sold into slavery and undergoes some very specific, very horrifying shit.
      3. He basically admits he’s a dick for saying it by (correctly) saying he’s going to get into trouble.

  7. Mohawk Disco

    Why, if it wasn’t for Hollywood rubbing it in our faces how they live and how much they make for how little work we’d never know the sacrifices these poor but noble souls make for our entertainment. Jen is one of the few who just counts her blessings and stays quiet because she’s smart enough to know her luck. Kudos.

  8. Father Dougal

    Let he who has a “Spanking the Monkey” to his credit cast the first stone. Or in other words: Fuck you, superficial. Don’t you mess with my David O. Russel. He can do no wrong. Even when he does.

  9. Back in my day, everything bad was “Hitler” and now it’s all “Slavery”. These kids today with their crazy slang…

  10. Mike

    I can’t shit on him after “American Hustle”. It was an entertaining film!

  11. Fuck David O. Russell. He’s just an asshole. If Jennifer’s not complaining I don’t want to hear him complaining. Maybe Jennifer realizes how lucky she is to be in the positions she’s in after her relatively short time in Hollywood and that there are thousands of women who would kill to be where she is. So she handles herself with class and appreciates the opportunities she’s given.

    She’s not a whiny bitch like you, David.

  12. “I’m going to get in so much trouble for saying that.”

    In other news, director David O. Russell is in trouble with the NAACP, the United Negro College Fund, and just about anyone who likes Jennifer Lawrence or Lily Tomlin more than they like him, successful and entertaining movies notwithstanding.

  13. I hope whoever invented spambots gets ass cancer in their FACE.

  14. it felt like I was a slave sitting through his bloated. over rated piece of shit movies….after Three Kings it was all down hill anyway….

  15. Jennifer Lawrence Breasts
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    Tell us the story about the butt plug collection again, please?

  16. This girl is just so friggin’ funny looking I can’t stand it. She looks like a Simpsons character. And an unfunny one at that.

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