Hollywood in a state of fear over 'The Interview'

politics | Dec 23, 2014 | By Martin Barillas

Speaking on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ on December 21 was Kal Penn, a former White House aide in the Obama administration who as an actor appears in the controversial film ‘The Interview.’ Produced by Sony Media, ‘The Interview’ has been rejected by at least four major cinema chains after threats emerged from a shadowy group of hackers that have been linked by the U.S. government to North Korea.
 
Host Chuck Todd asked Penn why he was speaking out about Sony’s decision to delay distribution of the film, which was roundly criticized by President Barack Obama.
 
Todd: "You know, George Clooney didn’t get anybody to sign publicly on his petition. Is there fear in Hollywood?"
 
Penn: I think there’s fear but there’s probably some confusion about exactly what’s going on. You know it was on Wednesday when Sony said that they had no plans to release the film, on Friday they then said that they might release on video on demand, they’re fully backing the film, then on Saturday morning they pull down all of the social media, which confused a lot of the actors, I think, because I still have some movies from six years ago that the trailers on are YouTube. The studios don’t take them down because they know there’s a longevity there to just keeping that stuff up. So I don’t know that’s fear as much as it is confusion.” 
 
As for George Clooney, representatives for Disney, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Warner Bros. and Lionsgate, as well as the WME and UTA talent agencies say they were never approached by the actor or his agent to sign a petition condemning Sony’s delay in releasing ‘The Interview.’


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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