Leave it to James and Seth to see the ‘silver lining’ in the terrifying terrorist threat regarding the screening of their dark comedy film, ‘The Interview.’ HollywoodLife.com has EXCLUSIVE details on how the funny duo felt about the crisis surrounding their film.
James Franco, 36, and Seth Rogen, 32, were thrilled when The Interview was released in select theaters and streamed on several sites amidst major uproar of terrorist threats from North Korea. After the threats were revealed in the Sony hack, many feared for their lives, while James and Seth saw a “silver lining.”
Seth Rogen & James Franco On ‘The Interview’s Threats: Silver Lining They See
“They hated every minute of the non-release and everything that went through with that process but they never once thought that their careers were going to end, nor did they fear for their lives,” an insider tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
Because of the threats, James and Seth were forced to cancel their press tour, while some theaters bowed out of screening it on Christmas Day. So do James and Seth wish the film had been released normally?
“They still would have liked the movie released the normal way but are seeing the silver lining that this film is now a part of U.S. history. Not many films can claim that. This film will be now known forever,” our source continues.
A part of U.S. history it certainly is — no one would have expected the two comedians to be caught in the middle of a large international terrorist crisis. It will certainly be remembered and talked about many years later, as America learned from this disaster as well.
Barack Obama Thinks Sony Made A ‘Mistake’
“I am sympathetic to the concerns [Sony] face,” President Obama. “Having said all that, I think they made a mistake.”
“We cannot have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorship here in the US, because if someone is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine how they feel about a documentary they don’t like or news reports they don’t like? Or, even worse, imagine if producers and distributors and others start engaging in self censorship because they don’t want to offend the sensibilities that need to be offended.”
“That’s not who we are, that’s not what America is about.”
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— Julianne Ishler, Reporting by Russ Weakland