Sony Hackers Reveal Seth Rogen and James Franco Pay for 'The Interview'
A 210-page document that reportedly details the film's production budget also includes Beyonce, Jay Z and Kevin Federline's salaries
Seth Rogen was paid more than $8.4 million and his co-star James Franco received $6.5 million for their new film The Interview, according to a Bloomberg report, which says the figures were among a cache of sensitive documents that hackers stole from Sony Pictures Entertainment that are now being released to the press in a steady stream. The report further states that the movie, on which Rogen also served as co-director as well as one of the writers and producers, cost $44 million.
On Thursday, Fusion's Kevin Roose also reported the film's budget alongside Rogen and Franco's salaries while also revealing further, detailed information about the 210-page production budget, which he claims is from one of the hacked documents.
The document, Roose reports, also says that Rogen got a $20,000 perk fund. Rogen and Franco also seem to have been paid to drive themselves to work, with lines in the budget reading, “S. ROGEN SELF DRIVE” and “J. FRANCO SELF DRIVE” listed with costs of $9,500 and $6,000.
The latest disclosures, according to Bloomberg and Fusion, also include such minor revelations as that fact that Kevin Federline, Britney Spears' ex-husband, was paid $5,000 for a cameo in the movie, and that a "table of weed, coke, pills and panties," budgeted as a prop item at $250, came in at $241.
Fusion also reveals that Beyonce and Jay Z are also set to cameo in the film, with each of them being paid $10,000 and given first-class plane tickets.
A few other stars are also listed on the budget, with Fusion speculating that they might be extras: Zooey Deschanel, Michael Vick, Sylvester Stallone, Brad Pitt and Neil Patrick Harris.
There's also a charge of $74,000 for two tigers on set, who were accompanied by vets, trainers and received some sort of "tiger accommodation."
The Interview, a comedy in which Franco and Rogen play TV journalists who are drafted by the CIA to assassinate North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, is scheduled to open Christmas Day and has been condemned by North Korean officials, who have dubbed it an "act of war." That's also led to speculation that North Korea, or other hackers sympathetic to that country, may have been responsible for the massive cyber attack that hit SPE on Nov. 24. But North Korea has been coy about its possible involvement. Asked by the BBC whether the government was involved in the attack, a spokesman said only, "Wait and see." Other evidence, however, points to the possibility that the attack may have been engineered by current or former Sony employees familiar with the studio's computer systems and their contents.
The cyber attackers also have released salaries of the studio's top executives as well as sensitive information like Social Security numbers for more than 3,800 studio employees.
On Dec. 2, SPE CEO Michael Lynton and co-chairman Amy Pascal sent studio personnel a memo calling the hack "a brazen attack on our company," offering employees the services of an identity-protection company and saying "we are working closely with law enforcement."
Dec. 4, 11:20 a.m. This story has been updated with additional information from a Fusion report about the budget.