Hacked emails from Hollywood studio Sony has revealed that executives forced filmmakers to change the ending to the Kim Jong-Un spoof The Interview after North Korea hacked their systems.
Emails leaked on Thursday revealed that Sony Corporation Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai wrote the now-disgraced executive Amy Pascal asking that all scenes involving Kim Jong-Un be shortened or deleted. Pascal forwarded this information to Seth Rogan, who wrote, directed, and starred in the film. Rogan, however, wasn’t having any of it.
“This is now a story of Americans changing their movie to make North Koreans happy,” Rogen wrote Paschal back. “That is a very damning story.”
“As embarrassing as this has been from my point of view, you have to appreciate the fact that we haven’t just dictated to you what it had to be,” Pascal replied as she tried to defend herself. “This isn’t some flunky. It’s the chairman of the entire Sony Corporation who I am dealing (with).”
Rogen eventually agrees to make some minor changes, but Pascal did end up letting Hirai know that there was some, “resistance from the filmmakers.” The changes that were made appeared to involve a major plot point, and it took some time for Rogen to reshoot things to fit Hirai’s requirements.
“Please tell me this is over now,” Rogen wrote in his final email to Pascal.
Pascal may have paid the ultimate price for Rogen’s creative choices, as the hackings that were potentially perpetrated by North Korea have revealed “racist” emails written by her. Despite the backlash she has received, Rogen has continued to stand by her.
“We want to thank Amy Pascal for having the balls to make this movie,” said Rogen at the film’s premiere Thursday night.
It was also announced this week that The Interview will not be opening in Asia.
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H/T: Daily Mail