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Coast moviegoers react to pulling 'The Interview' amid threats

Movie poster for "The Interview" starring James Franco & Seth Rogan Movie poster for "The Interview" starring James Franco & Seth Rogan
"It's just a movie. That's all it is. It's just a movie," one disappointed moviegoers said. (Photo source: WLOX) "It's just a movie. That's all it is. It's just a movie," one disappointed moviegoers said. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The film 'The Interview' starring Seth Rogan and James Franco has raised a bit of controversy because of its story line where the comedic duo are hired to assassinate the leader of North Korea. Although this is a fictional production, Sony Pictures executives say their decision to cancel the movie release is to ensure the safety and comfort of their patrons.

"It's just a movie. That's all it is. It's just a movie," Bruce Thompson said.
 
Moviegoers like Thompson were a bit baffled by Sony's decision to pull the movie that so many, including himself, had anticipated seeing. 
 
"I'm a big fan of Seth Rogan and his movies, I've pretty much seen all of them," Thompson said. "I was ready to see another James Franco, Seth Rogan movies which looked hilarious in the trailer."
 
"I mean it would've been fun to see. It's just comedy. It's not meant to be serious," Cody Spears said.
 
The film was meant to be a comedy, however, the threats that followed which warned of September 11th style attacks against the theaters that showed the film were taken very seriously. The decision to cancel the December 25th release is likely to account for a significant financial loss for Sony, after all of the promotion it's done. Movie buffs feel this may be a loss for them as well.
 
"I think it's going overboard. It's a movie. It's not real life. And it's also Seth Rogan. Just because the fact they use the same name 'Kim Jung Un' doesn't mean they're going to kill him. I mean, come on, it's ridiculous," Thompson said.


A U.S. official says federal investigators have connected the Sony hacking to North Korea, but no clear link to the country has been established and the government has denied responsibility for the hack.

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