Congress Seeks a Screening of 'The Interview' and Wants to See 'Director's Cut'

"American free speech will not be stifled," said one congressman.

— -- Congress is looking to get into the movie business.

"I'm hoping they send us the director's cut, with Kim Jong-un's head fully exploding," Sherman said.

"Such strong action is particularly needed because the United States is seeing the effects in this scenario of your Administration's past weak policies, which have irreversible outcomes," Vitter wrote in a pointed, publicly released letter to the president.

Sen. Mark Kirk, D-Ill., said he's seeking to screen the film at a campaign fundraiser to help make it a "smash hit" and "teach the North Koreans a lesson about what Americans can and cannot do." Kirk is up for re-election in 2016, and is emerging as a top Democratic target in the next election cycle.

The president deflected a question about whether he plans to watch the film himself. Asked about it at his year-end news conference last week, he said he's "got a long list of movies I'm going to be watching" while on vacation, but that he "never" releases his "full movie list."

But Obama also slammed Sony for pulling the film from his scheduled Christmas Day release.

"Yes, I think they made a mistake," the president said.

Contacted about the calls from Congress, a Sony representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment today. The company has made clear that it's actively seeking distribution options for the film, whether in theaters or online, though less focus has been given to other screenings like those now being proposed in Washington.

Such an event could have unintended consequences, however. Katharine H.S. Moon, a Korea Studies fellow at the Brookings Institution, said a screening at the White House or the Capitol would inject more politics into the American response to the hacking.

"The North Koreans would most likely read it as, 'You see, the U.S. government and Hollywood are not separable,'" she said. "I would hate for any activity on the part of the U.S. to feed that kind of insinuation."

But Sherman said having a screening for Washington policy-makers would send a powerful message to the North Korean leadership. He also wants to double the $8 million the United States spends annually to reach the North Korean people, via Radio Free Asia and Voice of America, as part of a "double dose of free speech."

"Kim Jong-un doesn't want anybody to see the movie. One of many symbolic responses we could have is Congress seeing the movie," he said. "We could do this now."