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Seth Rogen Explains How Serious His Security Team Got After 'The Interview'

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Seth Rogen Explains How Serious His Security Team Got After 'The Interview'

We all remember how controversial The Interview was when it first came out. North Korea allegedly hacked Sony due to the content, and the films screening the movie were also threatened with terror attacks.

The film - starring Seth Rogen and James Franco - was always going to be close to the line of what's acceptable. The plot was basically that the pair were travelling over to North Korea in order to interview and subsequently assassinate North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un. But North Korea took it pretty damn seriously. As did Seth Rogen's security team afterwards.

Rogen was a guest on the Graham Norton Show recently, and he explained that he has gotten used to the security presence. That is, until one day they just disappeared. He joked that he wasn't sure if the money ran out or whether someone had taken out his security.

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The appearance on the show also goes into detail on how Rogen took on a real-life tiger in the movie.

It's a really good chat, check it out...

It's weird looking back at how serious the whole 'movie almost starting a war' thing got. At the time, Variety published a statement by a group who claimed responsibility for the Sony hacks (called Guardians Of Peace) who made a clear threat to people who went to watch the film by telling them to 'remember 9/11'.

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It read: "Warning

We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places "The Interview" be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to.

Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made.

The world will be full of fear.

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Remember the 11th of September 2001.

We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time.

(If your house is nearby, you'd better leave.)

Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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All the world will denounce the SONY."

As a result, Franco and Rogen pulled out of all future press commitments relating to the film. Originally scheduled to appear on several TV shows and hold interviews with other media outlets, they backed down. That's how serious this shit gor.

The North Korean government, while expressing their distaste at the contents of the film, denied any involvement with the hacks, or partnership with the group that were responsible.

At the time, Sony said that they would not object to any cinema who decided against showing the film out of fear of any attack. The premiere that was organised to take place in New York City was even cancelled.

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So, in short, don't piss off North Korea.

Words by Mel Ramsay

Featured image credit: YouTube/BBC America

Topics: Seth Rogen

Mel Ramsay
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