In an exclusive interview with Deadline.com, Clooney said he’s worried the situation could cause a “chilling effect,” with studios wary of taking on controversial projects.
Clooney said he and his agent, CAA’s Bryan Lourd, sent a petition of support to industry executives, but no one would sign the petition.
“As we watched one group be completely vilified, nobody stood up. Nobody took that stand. Now, I say this is a situation we are going to have to come to terms with, a new paradigm and a new way of handling our business. Because this could happen to an electric company, a car company, a newsroom. It could happen to anybody,” Clooney told Deadline.com.
“This is a silly comedy, but the truth is, what it now says about us is a whole lot. We have a responsibility to stand up against this.”
“The truth is, it’s all new territory and nobody knows how to handle it. I don’t think anyone was prepared for it,” Clooney told Deadline.com. “So now we’ll be prepared for it, hopefully. Everybody was doing their jobs, but somehow, we have allowed North Korea to dictate content, and that is just insane.”
Sony Pictures currently has no further release plans for “The Interview” -- such as a digital or video-on-demand release, a Sony official said.
Despite pulling “The Interview” from theatrical release, Sony added in a statement that it stands by the filmmakers and “their right to free expression.”
Clooney's rep told ABC News that the actor is not planning any further public comment on the issue.