Russell issues apology for comments
David O Russell has said he is "truly sorry" for likening Jennifer Lawrence's Hunger Games filming schedule to slavery.
The Bafta-winning filmmaker - who directed Jennifer in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle - has apologised for his controversial comments, admitting he "feels terrible".
He told E! News: "Clearly, I used a stupid analogy in a poor attempt at humour. I realised it the minute I said it and I'm truly sorry."
David caused an uproar when he compared the 23-year-old actress' work ethic promoting The Hunger Games films to the slavery system.
He told the New York Daily News: "I personally think they should give her a bit of breathing room over there because they're printing money."
"But she's a very alive person," he added. "I'll tell you what it is about that girl - talk about 12 years of slavery, that's what the franchise is.
"I'm going to get in so much trouble for saying that, but being in The Hunger Games, they just keep her on a hamster wheel."
Jennifer has already scooped a Golden Globe award for her performance in American Hustle and is tipped to get an Oscar nod for her portrayal of Rosalyn Rosenfeld.