UPDATE: President Barack Obama and co-director Evan Goldberg have also offered their reactions to Sony's decision to release "The Interview" on Christmas as originally planned. See below for their comments.
Seth Rogen and James Franco found themselves in an odd position in recent days when "The Interview," their silly comedy about the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, became an international lightning rod of controversy as Sony was attacked by hackers over the flick, and the studio eventually cancelled the film's release.
Now that Sony has finally come up with a new release strategy for the movie -- it will get a limited theatrical release on Christmas day (its original release date), as well as a simultaneous VOD release on a to-be-announced platform -- the stars have released public reactions to the news.
"The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed!" Rogen wrote on Twitter Tuesday. "Sony didn't give up!"
The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn't give up! The Interview will be shown at theaters willing to play it on Xmas day!- Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) December 23, 2014
Franco posted on both Instagram and Twitter about the news, writing, "VICTORY!!!!!!! The PEOPLE and THE PRESIDENT have spoken!!!"
President Barack Obama had come to the film's defense in recent days, stating publicly that he felt Sony made the wrong decision when it initially cancelled the film's release following threats of violence from the hackers.
Franco followed up that post with a cheeky Instagram photo depicting him and Rogen taking part in a three-way kiss. Franco credited the president with saving the flick, captioning the picture, "CELEBRATING!!!!!"
Obama himself chimed in on the news Tuesday afternoon, as the White House released a statement applauding Sony's reversal. It reads:
The President applauds Sony's decision to authorize screenings of the film. As the President made clear, we are a country that believes in free speech, and the right of artistic expression. The decision made by Sony and participating theaters allows people to make their own choices about the film, and we welcome that outcome.
Evan Goldberg, who co-directed "The Interview" with Rogen, also took to Twitter to express his happiness over the development, thanking "everyone who didn't give up on our movie." Goldberg added that he and Rogen were "are humbled & overwhelmed by your support."
Thanks to everyone who didn't give up on our movie! @Sethrogen & I are humbled & overwhelmed by your support. Hope you enjoy the film!- Evan Goldberg (@evandgoldberg) December 23, 2014
"The Interview" will be in select theaters and on VOD on Christmas Day. Stay tuned for more details about where the flick will be available.
[via: Seth Rogen, James Franco]
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