As the cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment continues to cripple the media company, embarrassing its top executives and those who do business with them, Seth Rogen told ABC News’ Good Morning America he does not regret making Sony’s new movie The Interview. He added that it’s the responsibility of others “who are much smarter than me” to have analyzed the possible blowback from the film — his job is to make people laugh.
A group calling itself Guardians of Peace has claimed responsibility for the hack, which it says is in retaliation for the movie. The group claims to have stolen 100 terabytes of data from Sony servers (10 terabytes can hold the entire printed collection of the Library of Congress). Among the embarrassing emails, Sony exec Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin have apologized for remarks they made about President Obama.
ABC News sent press excerpts of Rogen and James Franco’s interview with George Stephanopoulos, which GMA will air in full tomorrow morning. ABC News’ announcement comes the same day Aaron Sorkin — writer of several Rudin-produced projects including HBO’s just-concluded series The Newsroom, the film Social Network and a planned Steve Jobs movie — published an Op-Ed column in the New York Times accusing journalists of abetting criminals in disseminating stolen information. It also comes a day after Sony, via litigator David Boies, sent a letter to news organizations demanding they delete any stolen information they have been given by the hackers and warning against continued use of stolen information. Among the news organizations that have been reporting details of leaked information — ABC News.
Rogen, who co-wrote and stars in the movie about a fictional assassination attempt on North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, told ABC News, “I don’t know if the hacking honestly is because of our movie, definitively or not.” He said he never could have forecast this kind of reaction.
“It is weird because we just wanted to make a really funny, entertaining movie, and the movie itself is very silly and wasn’t meant to be controversial in any way.” As a result, Rogen said, he doesn’t regret making it.
North Korean officials have said their government is not responsible for the hacking, though one top official told the country’s news agency that it “might be a righteous deed of the supporters and sympathizers with” North Korea.
“At this point, it’s too late to have any [second thoughts],” Rogen said in the interview. “I mean, no, I think again, I like the movie. I can’t in my head overconnect everything surrounding it with the movie itself. I’ve seen the movie with 30-plus audiences in 30-plus movie theaters, and every time, they really like it. That’s what I have to keep coming back to. We set out to make a movie that was really entertaining to audiences, and I genuinely think we did that. And that’s where my job ends.”