The film, which opens Christmas Day, features Franco as flamboyant talk-show host Dave Skylark, who scores a one-on-one with "Skylark Tonight" superfan, reclusive North Korean President
The comedy allegedly sparked the massive cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, which was made public on Nov. 24. A group calling itself Guardians of Peace has claimed responsibility and demanded that Sony halt the release of "The Interview," which depicts a CIA assassination attempt on the North Korean leader. North Korea has denied involvement in the hack.
Rogen, who attended the premiere with wife Lauren Miller, co-directed the film with Evan Goldberg, and he and Franco were all smiles on the muted red carpet. They did a little bit of karaoke at the after-party too.
Incidentally, the studio barred reporters from red-carpet interviews about "The Interview," Movies Now reported, and heavy security surrounded the low-key premiere at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday night while the leak of a trove of hacked internal Sony emails continued online.
Sony Pictures co-Chairman Amy Pascal, whose racially insensitive e-mails about President Obama and emails slamming "Unbroken" director Angelina Jolie were among those leaked, walked the carpet with the film's cast and crew.
In a statement released Thursday, Pascal and said she accepts "full responsibility for what I wrote and apologize to everyone who was offended."