George Clooney has urged embattled Sony chairman Amy Pascal to stand firm in her support of Seth Rogen's new comedy The Interview and release it in some format early next year (15).
Executives at the film company scrapped plans to release the film on Christmas Day (25Dec14) after theater owners refused to screen it following a series of threats from cyberterrorists opposed to the movie, in which Rogen and James Franco play journalists assigned to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
In an exclusive interview with movie news website Deadline.com, Clooney reveals he spoke with Pascal, whose private emails were leaked as part of the hack attack on Sony's databases and computers, and told her to make sure the movie does get a release.
He says, "She (Pascal) wants to put that movie out: 'What do I do?' My partner, Grant Heslov, and I had the conversation with her this morning... Stick it online. Do whatever you can to get this movie out. Not because everybody has to see the movie, but because I’m not going to be told we can’t see the movie.
"That’s the most important part. We cannot be told we can't see something by Kim Jong-un, of all f**king people."