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Hacked Emails Show Seth Rogen Angry Sony Forced Actor to Change Film After North Korea Objected

December 13, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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The plot details in the upcoming Kim Jong-un assassination film The Interview was a problem at Sony even before they were hacked by a group hoping to stop the film’s release.


According to the Daily Mail, In leaked emails, Sony’s Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai asks Amy Pascal that scenes from the movie featuring Jong-un be either removed or edited.

Pascal informed the film’s writer and director, Seth Rogen, who was angry at the request

Rogen responded to Pascal by saying, ‘Now a story of Americans changing their movie to make North Koreans happy, That is a very damning story.”

Pascal explained to Rogen, saying; ‘As embarrassing as this has been from my point of view, you have to appreciate the fact that we haven’t just dictated to you what it had to be. This isn’t some flunky. It’s the chairman of the entire Sony Corporation I am dealing (with).’

Another email written by Pascal explains the close proximity of North Korea to Japan as one reason changes might be necessary.

Pascal tells Rogen, ‘I haven’t the foggiest notion how to deal with Japanese politics as it relates to Korea so all I can do is make sure that Sony won’t be put in a bad situation and even that is subjective.”

Rogen agreed to the changes, however Pascal does inform Hirai that there was ‘resistance from the filmmakers.’

The change was to a major plot detail, which took some time to implement, but Rogen’s changes were to Hirai’s liking in October.

Rogen wrote in his final email, ‘Please tell us this is over now.’

Although he was irritated and angered, Rogen remains a fan of Pascal, which he praised Thursday at the premiere of the film.

‘We want to thank Amy Pascal for having the balls to make this movie,’ said Rogen.
However, the film is not set to open in Asia.

The changes to the film is described in the emails, which is set to open on December 25.

This is just the latest fallout from the Sony cyber hack from a group calling themselves The Guardians of Peace, intended to prevent the release of The Interview.

It is believed that a group from North Korea is behind the hack.

The emails date as far back as 10 years, additional leaks could go on for weeks and even months.

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