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James Franco and Seth Rogen Have Round the Clock Bodyguards Over Threats

December 18, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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In the movie “The Interview”, which Sony has just canceled the premier, Seth Rogen and James Franco play a pair of unlikely assassins; however now they have become targets themselves.


And Confidenti@l has learned that the actors have each been given a “giant” round-the-clock bodyguard to due to threats.

“They’re usually not at all the type to have security,” said an insider, “James is the kind of guy who takes the subway all the time.”

The source joked that the “Spiderman” star’s beefy new companion is “double (Franco’s) size.”

Appearing on Howard Stern Monday, Rogen had told Stern that he wasn’t scared after hackers acting on behalf of  North Korea leaked hundreds of damaging documents from the servers of Sony, the company who is releasing his comedy about an attempt on the life of the leader of North Korean.

However, the hackers, who have dubbed themselves”The Guardians of Peace”, have threatened to launch a “9/11”-style attacks on theaters who screen the movie, leading to Friday’s New York premiere being canceled over security concerns.

Another insider says that Sony hasn’t arrived at a decision on Pascal yet. “Amy has support from corporate for now as everyone is banding together against these scary threats,” said that insider.

On Wednesday, Sony announced that partly due to security concerns, the movie won’t be released in theatres but will be available on streaming services. However a Sony rep told the News that nothing is currently set for the film’s release.

“Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film,” the rep said.

Representatives of both Franco and Rogen have not commented on the recent news.

Variety reported Tuesday that both actors have canceled media appearances to promote the film’s release, this follows cancellations on “Late Night” and “The Tonight Show.”

Meanwhile, an unrelated industry insider tells the Daily News that “networks and production companies are on edge” after the security breach and that higher-ups have given their staffs “reminders about what you shouldn’t put in emails – basically don’t put anything in an email that you wouldn’t want the public to read!”

The source added that nervous staff members are switching from emails to texts to communicate.

Confidenti@l is told that top-level Sony execs held a “small” crisis meeting Saturday to discuss a game plan to handle the disaster and that firing Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal “came up as a possibility.”

Pascal was disgraced by a series of leaked emails in which, among other things, she suggested that President Obama might enjoy the movies “Django Unchained,” “Twelve Years A Slave” and “The Butler.”

From the New York Daily News

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