Washington : George Clooney has spoken of his frustrations with the press and his Hollywood peers at failing to contain the scandal around ‘The Interview,’ which Sony has pulled from cinema release as well as home-video formats.
The 53-year-old actor and his agent Bryan Lourd drafted a petition to film industry executives and business people urging them to support the studio in the face of a cyber attack but no one would sign the document, but failed to unite Hollywood against the Sony hackers, Deadline reported.
Clooney said that it is basically saying is, they’re not going to give in to a ransom as they watched one group be completely vilified, nobody stood up and nobody took that stand.
Clooney continued that it was a fairly large number who refused to sign and having put together telethons where you have to get all the networks on board to do the telethon at the same time, the truth is once you get one or two, then everybody gets on board. It is a natural progression. So here, you get the first couple of people to sign it and well, nobody wanted to be the first to sign on. Now, this isn’t finger-pointing on that.
He added that this is just where they are right now, how scared this industry has been made and quite honestly, this would happen in any industry.’
Following a number of terror threats, Sony have withdrawn controversial comedy ‘The Interview,’ which is about an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un – from release and George is concerned about the repercussions globally, not just in the movie industry.
In the interview, he added that here, they’re talking about an actual country deciding what content they’re going to have. This affects not just movies, this affects every part of business that we have.
He concluded that that’s the truth, if people have someone threaten to blow up buildings and all of a sudden, everybody has to bow down.