James and Seth have cancelled all media appearances for their upcoming action comedy flick ‘The Interview’ after the Sony hackers threatened a ‘9/11’-level attack on any theaters playing the movie. So terrifying.
The Interview hasn’t even hit theaters yet but it’s already facing a major setback. The controversial film, which stars James Franco, 36, and Seth Rogen, 32, as two celebrity journalists who set out on a mission to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is being targeted by a hacker group called The Guardians of Peace, our sister site Variety confirms.
James Franco & Seth Rogen Cancel Press Tour For ‘The Interview’ After Threats
Seth has cancelled his scheduled press appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Dec. 18, and he and James have also backed out of a Dec. 16 interview with BuzzFeed Brews, Variety reports.
The pair are still set to appear at a special screening of The Interview in New York City on Dec. 18, one week ahead of the movie’s Christmas Day debut, insiders tell Variety.
James and Seth attended the film’s Los Angeles premiere last week, but did not speak with the media.
Hackers Threaten To Attack Theaters Playing ‘The Interview’
The hacker group The Guardians of Peace threatened to launch an attack on any theaters showing The Interview in a horrifying new message on Dec. 16:
“The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.”
Though North Korea has denied issuing the threat, it did call the hack a “righteous deed,” according to Variety.
The Department of Homeland Security has since released a statement saying there’s no evidence that there will be any attacks on theaters playing The Interview, Variety reports.
“We are still analyzing the credibility of these statements, but at this time there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States.”
So HollywoodLifers, do YOU think Seth and James are right to cancel their Interview press appearances? Would you be afraid to see The Interview in theaters? Tell us how you feel.
— Tierney McAfee