James Franco, Seth Rogen still smiling at muted ‘Interview’ premiere
Seth Rogen and James Franco went through with the premiere for their latest comedy “The Interview” on Thursday amid a cyber attack on Sony Pictures entertainment and threats on the studio from North Korea.
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 Kim Jong Un, played by Randall Park.
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.”
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