(source) - (Reuters) - Hollywood filmmakers and actors voiced outrage on Wednesday after Sony Pictures pulled the release of North Korea parody "The Interview," following threats from hackers who waged a massive cyberattack on the movie studio. Actors Ben Stiller, Steve Carell, Rob Lowe, late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and filmmaker Judd Apatow, all friends of "The Interview" stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, criticized the decision made by movie theaters and Sony.
Lowe, who has a cameo in the film, tweeted "Wow. Everyone caved. The hackers won. An utter and complete victory for them." Raunchy satire "The Interview" follows a hapless TV host (Franco) and producer (Rogen) who score an interview with the elusive North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and are recruited by the CIA to assassinate him.
Sony Pictures canceled the film's Dec. 25 release as major U.S. theater chains decided to postpone screenings after hackers forced an apparently unprecedented change of plans for a major movie release. Kimmel, writing on Twitter, called the decision "an un-American act of cowardice that validates terrorist actions and sets a terrifying precedent." Stiller, who directed and starred in 2001's "Zoolander", about a male fashion model brainwashed to assassinate a fictional prime minister of Malaysia, called "The Interview" cancellation "a threat to freedom of expression."
Carell, who has starred alongside Rogen in numerous comedies, said "Sad day for creative expression," with the hashtag #feareatsthesoul. Both Carell and Stiller also tweeted pictures of Charlie Chaplin playing his Adolf Hitler parody in 1940 film "The Great Dictator."
Franco and Rogen, who directed, produced and wrote "The Interview" with filmmaking partner Evan Goldberg, did not make any public statements on Wednesday. A U.S. government source said investigators had determined North Korea was behind last month's cyber attack on Sony Corp's movie studio, leaking documents that drew global headlines.
One Texas cinema chain, Alamo Drafthouse, said early on Wednesday it planned to show "The Interview", even as other theaters bailed. When Sony pulled "The Interview," the chain said it would screen at its Dallas-Fort Worth theater the 2004 puppet-comedy "Team America: World Police" in which a U.S. paramilitary force tries to foil a plot by then-North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. Sony said it had no plans to release "The Interview" on DVD, video-on-demand or online streaming platforms, despite support of the idea from fans on social media.
So clearly this is the biggest story going right now, and I gotta say I'm a little torn on it. Overall, I agree with what everyone in this article and in general have been saying in that pulling "The Interview" is the wrong move. It impedes on our rights to free speech and sets a scary precedent going forward in which terrorists are able to control our decision making abilities with nothing more than threats. If it were up to me, I say you show that shit everywhere and shove it in Kim Jong Un's big chubby face.
BUUUT having said all that, I will say that I see the other side a bit, at least in the sense that if a major terrorist attack were to befall upon America over a fucking Seth Rogen/James Franco movie, well that would be the dumbest tragedy of all time. Seriously, how pissed would you be if somebody you knew or cared about was actually harmed, or worse, killed, just because of a controversial comedy by the Pineapple Express guys. Don't get me wrong, they're funny, but they're not get-blown-up-over funny. And it's Kim Jong Un. Like, normally I'd call bullshit on a threat like this, but with that guy I have no fuckin clue. I've said it before, the dude is just a big child with the resources of an entire nation at his fingertips. All of his actions are erratic and irrational. He has a little temper tantrum and boom, Sony gets hacked to smithereens. The movie goes up and he has a big temper tantrum? Who knows what goes down.
Again, I will stand by the fact that at the end of the day, America doesn't back down from bullshit terrorist threats, especially ones that hinder our rights. Sony and the movie theaters of America should've stood up and given Kim a big middle finger. But I'm not going to completely obliterate the decision, ONLY cus it would suck to get attacked over a Rogen/Franco joint, and Kim is just crazy enough to actually follow through on something as ridiculous as attacking a country over a parody....
... FUCK. Having just typed that sentence, I will say that actually made me really wish that Sony had put this shit in theaters instead of being a big pussy. Like really dude? You're that pissed about a movie? Grow up and learn to laugh at yourself, Kimmy.
P.S. Props to that Texas theater. Need to flex some good old American muscle every now and then, and there ain't no better place to turn for that than Texas. "Won't let us show a movie where we kill you, huh? Fine, we'll just show the one where we kill your dad. Deal with it."