David O. Russell compares ‘Hunger Games’ to slavery
David O. Russell is not one to mince words. And now the director might cause some trouble with his recent comparison of the “Hunger Games” franchise to, um, slavery — but at least he’s aware of it.
“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 tells the New York Daily News, after he suggested that the franchise’s producers should go a little easier on star Jennifer Lawrence, who just won a Golden Globe for his film “American Hustle.” ”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.”
Breathing room probably isn’t going to happen: The second film, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” has already grossed $408 million at the box office, surpassing the total sales for the first “Hunger Games” movie. Lionsgate also notes that “Catching Fire” was the highest-grossing film released the domestic box office last year.