Okay, hackers. It's one thing to inconvenience James Franco by having Sony pull the plug on The Interview. It's another to piss off George Clooney.
In an exclusive interview with Deadline, the Oscar-winning actor explained his efforts to get the Hollywood community to stand behind Sony in the wake of the first hacked emails.
Clooney, who was actually mentioned in said emails, had his agent, Bryan Lourd, circulate a petition showing support for Sony and its "decision not to submit to these hackers’ demands." Clooney said that not a single celebrity signed it.
According to Clooney, Hollywood has been trying to distance itself from the email leaks for fear of being target by hackers next. Now that the hackers — who he insisted are working for North Korea — have successfully killed The Interview because of their terrorist threats, Clooney is urging Amy Pascal to let the controversial film have its day.
"Stick it online," he said. "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 fucking people.
Clooney also insisted that pulling the film completely sets a bad precedent, allowing other governments to control censorship of American films that might hit a nerve.
"The truth of the matter is, of course you should be able to make any movie you want," Clooney added. "And, you should take the ramifications for it. Meaning, people can boycott the movie and not go see your film. They can say they’ll never see a Sony movie again. That’s all fine. That’s the risk you take for the decision you make. But to say we’re going to make you pull it. We’re going to censor you. That’s a whole other game. That is playing in some serious waters and it’s a very dangerous pool." (Deadline)
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