Hollywood reacts to The Interview cancellation

Joss Whedon, Steve Carrell and Neil Gaiman were among the famous faces who took to Twitter to express their indignation at Sony's decision to pull the film

James Franco and Seth Rogen have remained silent since the theatrical release of their comedy The Interview was cancelled yesterday, but the rest of the internet certainly hasn’t. 


The fictional film is about two journalists tasked with assassinating North Korea’s head of State Kim Jong-un, and has been the target of terror threats from hacking group Guardians of Peace. Following the decision of several major cinema chains not to show it, Sony Pictures has pulled distribution altogether

But while the studio said in a statement they “stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome”, much of Hollywood was less than impressed with the decision. 

Fellow comic actors Ben Stiller, Zach Braff and Steve Carell – whose upcoming North Korea-set film Pyongyang has also been halted – tweeted their response to the news: 

Jimmy Kimmel lent his support to Judd Apatow… 

And Rob Lowe reported back on his chat with star Seth Rogen:

Authors Neil Gaiman and Stephen King were similarly unimpressed by Sony’s decision…

Politician Newt Gingrich said what many are thinking: 


And House of Cards writer Beau Willimon has plenty of material for series three…