George R. R. Martin Volunteers to Screen ‘The Interview’ in His Own Cinema
After criticizing Sony’s move in cancelling the release of the film “The Interview,” "Game of Thrones" author George R. R. Martin made a bold move by volunteering his own independent cinema called Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the movie’s screening.
Martin attacked big theater chains by saying they had a “stunning display of corporate cowardice” through his blog. He stated that the big corporations can “buy North Korea with pocket change,” yet they displayed cowardice towards Kim Jong-un’s objection.
He also criticized Sony for actually making the movie yet quickly following the hackers’ demands throughout the whole issue.
The famous author still managed to put humor in his statements. He criticized Sony and large theater chains by saying it was fortunate they were not around when Charlie Chaplin created “The Great Dictator.” He joked that if Kim Jong-un frightens them, Adolf Hitler would had them “shitting in their smallclothes.”
Martin said he was not the only one willing to screen the movie. He claimed there were “thousands” of independent theaters across America that would “gladly” have the movie’s screening. He stated North Korea’s threats did not bother them.
He made a special invitation for one of the movie’s actors. He invited Seth Rogen to come to his independent cinema and watch the film.
Martin’s point of wanting to screen the film was not because it had a good cinematography. He admitted he never watched the film yet. However, the idea of a foreign leader and unknown hackers successfully stopping the movie’s release surprises the author.
Martin included the film’s trailer on his website, but Sony eventually wiped out all traces of the movie throughout cyberspace. He then replaced it with a link to an episode of “South Park,” wherein Jesus was talking to a group of ginger-haired kids about using guns and bombs to stop people making fun of them. It was not certain if the video was talking about Sony or North Korea’s forceful attempt to stop the comedy film about their leader.
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