ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — In the aftermath of the recent Sony hack, The Interview stars Seth Rogen and James Franco are standing behind the movie, which centers on a fictional assassination attempt of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un.
Rogen, who also co-wrote the film, told ABC News’ Good Morning America that he never could have predicted the drama surrounding the film.
“I can’t definitively say I know the ramifications of the storm. I mean, I don’t know if the hacking honestly is because of our movie, definitively or not,” he said. “I know that it has been the center of a lot of media attention lately. It is weird because we just wanted to make a really funny, entertaining movie and the movie itself is very silly and wasn’t meant to be controversial in any way.”
As a result, he doesn’t regret making it. Rogen, 32, who co-wrote the movie, said that it’s the responsibility of others “who are much smarter than me” to analyze the possible repercussions of making a film like this. His job, he said, is just to make people laugh.
It is still unclear who is responsible for hacking into the computers of Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio behind The Interview. North Korean officials have said their government is not responsible for the hacking, though one top official told the country’s news agency that it “might be a righteous deed of the supporters and sympathizers with” North Korea.
“At this point, it’s too late to have any [second thoughts]. I mean, no, I think again, I like the movie. I can’t in my head over-connect everything surrounding it with the movie itself,” Rogen said. “When I’ve seen the movie with 30-plus audiences in 30-plus movie theaters and every time, they really like it, that’s what I have to keep coming back to. We set out to make a movie that was really entertaining to audiences and I genuinely think we did that. And that’s where my job ends.”
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