Are Seth Rogen and James Franco playing an elaborate prank by not doing any more press for ‘The Interview’? Is this another performance art project from Franco? Are they genuinely terrified of the threat of a September 11th-type attack on Christmas Day? Or are they more fearful that audiences and critics might just think the film is dreadful and unfunny? According to Variety, “the duo has withdrawn from previously scheduled press appearances, including Rogen’s Thursday appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers and a chat with Buzzfeed Brews, leading up to The Interview’s Christmas Day release. According to insiders, Rogen and Franco are still scheduled to appear at Thursday’s New York special screening of The Interview. The two were at the Los Angeles premiere last week, but didn’t do press interviews.”
The duo’s comedy The Interview, about an entertainment reporter and his producer who travel to North Korea and are persuaded by the CIA to assassinate Kim Jong-Un, has been the target of threats by an online-hacking group Guardians of Peace. The group is responsible for the recent flood of leaked emails from inside Sony Pictures.