The much-anticipated movie “The Interview” has been officially canceled from the Christmas debut by Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Charles Chun, who has played General Jong in the movie, spoke to the media about the cast’s disappointment, now that the film will never be released.
“I cannot speak for everyone, but my sense is that we made a great film, we had so much fun doing it, audiences loved it at the preview and it is very disappointing that audiences who we made this film for are not going to be able to enjoy it the way it was intended.
I feel like this is North Korea’s fear intimidating our freedom and I hope we as an entertainment community and as a free society learn the lessons to really protect our free way of life so that we are not intimated again.” – Chun told to the media.
The statement which was released by Sony shows that, indeed, the hackers from North Korea were responsible for the cyber attack.
“Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale — all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like.” – It has been written in the statement. On Wednesday, the company confirmed that the will be no plans for the release of the movie.
“I think that North Korea is so fearful that they probably paid whatever they had to pay to people with the technological expertise to hack into Sony. There is an entire class of North Koreans, millions, who are just dropping of starvation. Instead of using their resources to feed, nourish, educate and provide a healthy way of life for their own people, they put all of their money into their military budgets and into nuclear arms. ” – Chun added.
“It is really an invasion of privacy on the part of the hackers, who are the responsible parties here. When you or I are talking to [our] intimate partners or family members, we are saying all sorts of stuff about people we love. To take it out of context and get known for it is really unfair. At the end the day it is a business.” – Chun earlier stated.
Now, he feels the same way, but he says, “North Korea’s rule and existence is really based on fear and intimidation. In North Korea you cannot say what you want. There is no freedom of speech. There is no freedom of religion. Fear and intimidation is how they suppress their people and to have those tactics work on our soil, well I am just very sad.”