Celebrities expressed frustration, disdain and anger after Sony pulled “The Interview” from holiday release because of threats by cyberhackers.
Director Judd Apatow, who has worked with “The Interview” stars James Franco and Seth Rogen several times since “Freaks and Geeks” in 1999 –- was the most vocal critic after Sony’s decision to pull the film from its planned Dec. 25 theatrical release.
In a statement on Wednesday, Sony said, "In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film 'The Interview,' we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release," the company said in a statement. "We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers."
Here's what Hollywood and others have been saying:
I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing The Interview. Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now?— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 17, 2014
We also don't know that it isn't a disgruntled employee or a hacker. Do we think North Korea has troops on the ground in the US? Ridiculous— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 17, 2014
This only guarantees that this movie will be seen by more people on Earth than it would have before. Legally or illegally all will see it.— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 17, 2014
Rob Lowe expressed his feelings that “the hackers won.”
Wow. Everyone caved. The hackers won. An utter and complete victory for them. Wow.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 17, 2014
Jim Gaffigan hopes the situation will bring visibility to the film.
A: Let’s pull the movie. There will be a public outcry. Then when we do release it It'll be huge. I’ll email u the details. B: DON’T EMAIL!— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) December 18, 2014
. @JuddApatow I agree wholeheartedly. An un-American act of cowardice that validates terrorist actions and sets a terrifying precedent.— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) December 17, 2014
Really hard to believe this is the response to a threat to freedom of expression here in America. #TheInterview— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) December 18, 2014
Politician Mitt Romney thinks viewings of “The Interview” should come with $5 Ebola donations.
Donald Trump released a video statement, finding a way to criticize the movie and Sony while supporting the film’s release.