“I’d like to thank Amy Pascal for having the balls to make this movie,” Rogen said onstage, standing next to his co-director and producing partner Evan Goldberg before the screening at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. A packed house came out for the film as the fallout over a cyberattack on Sony Pictures continues.
At the Ace Hotel before the premiere began, Rogen embraced well-wishers but declined The Hollywood Reporter‘s and other media outlets requests for interviews. Rogen, asked by THR if he felt secure in the face of the Nov. 24 Sony hack, joked that being pursued by a reporter at the premiere was the only time he’d “felt insecure in months.”
Media interviews were not allowed at the premiere of the film, which stars Rogen and James Franco, who was also onhand. The comedy centers on a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It has been condemned by the North Korean regime, leading to speculation, which North Korean officials have denied, that the country is behind the cyberattack on Sony that has lead to a trove of sensitive data being released.
The hack also unearthed embarrassing email correspondences involving top execs, including Pascal.
The Interview opens Dec. 25.