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Lawrence "treated like slave" for Hunger Games

1 of 1 Lawrence won a Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress for her role in American Hustle
Lawrence won a Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress for her role in American Hustle

American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook director O. Russell reckons Jennifer Lawrence is being treated like a slave on the set of The Hunger Games franchise.

Russell compared the 23-year-old actress' workload on the Hunger Games, in which she plays steely heroine Katniss Everdeen, to Steve McQueen's Golden Globe-winning film, 12 Years A Slave.

"Talk about 12 years of slavery, that's what the franchise [The Hunger Games] is," he told Yahoo news. "I think they should give her breathing room over there because they're printing money, but she's a very alive person."

The actress is currently shooting the third and fourth movies in the franchise, but she required hospital treatment last November due to exhaustion.

Lawrence starred in Russell's Silver Linings Playbook and he claimed her work on the teen movie series is like a "hamster wheel" and that she only has time do other projects during her holidays.

"Being in The Hunger Games, they just keep her on a hamster wheel and then she spends her vacation on American Hustle."

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