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File-sharing news site TorrentFreak reported that The Interview was downloaded more than an estimated 750,000 times after its first 20 hours available online, jumping from the 200,000 times it was downloaded through file-sharing sites during the first 10 hours it was available. Comments on various torrent sites indicate that the film’s restricted availability internationally may have prompted downloads.
Thursday, the New York Times reported that one link to the film had been downloaded over 20,000 times as of that morning. The Interview stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as two guys who are sent to North Korea to assassinate Kim Jong Un
The Interview, which has not been released overseas, is also available to stream on Chinese file-sharing sites. Unauthorized versions of the comedy have appeared in both English and Chinese subtitles.
The Chinese title for the film reportedly translates to Assassinate Kim Jong-un.
Rogen and co-director Evan Goldberg attended a midnight screening of the film in L.A., where they thanked fans “so f—king much” for supporting the film.
Dec. 26, 6:23 a.m. This story has been updated with additional stats about The Interview‘s popularity on file-sharing sites.
Dec. 29, 4:22 p.m. An earlier version of this story incorrectly indicated that The Interview was available on BitTorrent. A rep for the company tells The Hollywood Reporter that the film is not available on BitTorrent or for download from a BitTorrent network. THR regrets the error.
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