Actor Rob Lowe on Wednesday lashed out at Sony Pictures for pulling the film "The Interview," writing on his Twitter account that "Hollywood has done Neville Chamberlain proud today," in a reference to the British premier who appeased Hitler in 1938.
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Sony canceled the release of the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy about the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim-Jong un, after hackers threatened to attack movie theaters where it was to be screened. Four of the largest cinema chains in the U.S. then announced they would not screen the film.
Hackers who said they were incensed by the film attacked Sony Corp. last month, leaking documents that drew global headlines and distributing unreleased films on the Internet.
American authorities believe the North Korean government was behind the attack, in what appears to be an unprecedented victory for Pyongyang and its abilities to wage cyber-warfare.
"In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film 'The Interview,' we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release," Sony said in a statement. "We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers."
Lowe blasted the entertainment company on Twitter, saying, "Wow. Everyone caved. The hackers won. An utter and complete victory for them. Wow."
He then tweeted a comparison between Sony and Neville Chamberlain, who appeased Hitler by ceding parts of Czechoslovakia to him in 1938. "Saw @Sethrogen at JFK. Both of us have never seen or heard of anything like this. Hollywood has done Neville Chamberlain proud today," he wrote.
Saw @Sethrogen at JFK. Both of us have never seen or heard of anything like this. Hollywood has done Neville Chamberlain proud today.
Other entertainment personalities weighed in on the cancellation of "The Interview," including filmmakers Michael Moore and Judd Apatow and talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel.
Moore posted several tweets addressed to the Sony hackers, including, "Dear Sony Hackers: now that u run Hollywood, I'd also like less romantic comedies, fewer Michael Bay movies and no more Transformers."
Dear Sony Hackers: now that u run Hollywood, I'd also like less romantic comedies, fewer Michael Bay movies and no more Transformers.
Director Judd Apatow, who has worked with Rogen and Franco since they starred on his TV show "Freaks and Geeks," went on a Twitter rant about the cancellation, writing, "I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing The Interview. Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now?"
I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing The Interview. Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now?
Kimmel responded, tweeting, ".@JuddApatow I agree wholeheartedly. An un-American act of cowardice that validates terrorist actions and sets a terrifying precedent."
. @JuddApatow I agree wholeheartedly. An un-American act of cowardice that validates terrorist actions and sets a terrifying precedent.