Seth Rogen, star of the controversial Sony Pictures Entertainment film, “The Interview,” took the stage at the movie’s premiere and thanked Sony co-chair Amy Pascal for having massive balls enough to make and release the movie in the face of the recent Sony hack and the looming threat of terrorist attacks from the group who perpetrated the cyberattack in November 2014.
“Before we start, we just want to thank Amy Pascal for having the balls to make this movie!” Variety reports Rogen exclaimed during the premiere, as published on Variety, where no members of the media were invited in the light of intense scrutiny on the film.
“The Interview” is an American comedy starring Rogen and James Franco as celebrity journalists who are unwillingly recruited to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after successfully landing an elusive interview with the supreme leader.
Following filming of the movie, Sony was victimized in a hack attack exposing thousands of gigabytes worth of sensitive information, including damning private emails between Sony executives (some insulting A-list actors like Angelina Jolie, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Adam Sandler, and racist remarks against President Barack Obama), movie screenplays and scripts, five unreleased movies, Sony’s bank account information and confidential data on the media giant’s major stars and its 47,000 employees.
Recently, the Guardians of Peace (GOP), the group claiming to be behind the cyberattack, released a note threatening to unleash 9/11-like terrorist acts on movie theatere daring to show “The Interview” on its public release date, Dec. 25, 2014. A threat that Homeland Security and the FBI have dismissed for lack of evidence.
For Pascal, who’s come under storm for her thoughtless, insensitive and racist internal emails to Sony producer, Scott Rudin, Rogen’s gratitude is a shot of adrenalin to her flagging credibility. Earlier on, she’d angered many of Sony’s moneymaking stars in her private communication exposed by the hack.
Rogen’s support for Pascal during the premiere is a far cry from their earlier antagonistic relationship during post-production when the Emmy-nominated comedian locked heads with the embattled executive over too much violence in the film.
Here’s the final trailer of “The Interview” to sink your teeth into while you decide whether Pascal really has the balls or is just a suicidal incompetent.
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