George Clooney reacts to 'Interview' cancelation: We need to stand up against this

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George Clooney might think The Interview is a "silly comedy," but he still thinks it has a right to be released.

Sony Pictures pulled Seth Rogen and James Franco's movie about attempting to assassinate North Korea's dictator Kim Jong-Un after hackers who call themselves The Guardians of Peace leaked embarrassing executive emails, full-length movies and threatened Americans in theaters with 9/11-like attacks if they went to see the film. As many suspected, U.S. officials confirmed this week that North Korea was in fact behind the attack.

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"Here, we're talking about an actual country deciding what content we're going to have. This affects not just movies, this affects every part of business that we have," Clooney told Deadline of Sony's decision. "That's the truth. What happens if a newsroom decides to go with a story, and a country or an individual or corporation decides they don't like it. Forget the hacking part of it."

That being said, Clooney does seem to understand Sony's reasons for canceling the release of The Interview. "Sony didn't pull the movie because they were scared. They pulled the movie because all the theaters said they were not going to run it," he said. "And they said they were not going to run it because they talked to their lawyers and those lawyers said, if somebody dies in one of these, then you're going to be responsible."

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The 53-year-old Oscar winner still believes it's time to take a stand. "We have a responsibility to stand up against this. That's not just Sony, but all of us, including my good friends in the press who have the responsibility to be asking themselves, what was important, what was the important story to be covering here," he continued.

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US actor George Clooney ( L) and his Lebanon-born British fiancee Amal Alamuddin take a taxiboat upon their arrival in Venice on September 26, 2014, on the eve of their wedding. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
George Clooney ( L) and Amal Alamuddin, his Lebanon-born British fiancee, on a taxiboat in Venice upon their arrival on September 26, 2014. Heart throb actor George Clooney is to marry his British lawyer fiancee Amal Alamuddin in Venice on September 27. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor George Clooney waves from a taxiboat in Venice on September 26, 2014 on the eve of his wedding. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor George Clooney (R) and his Lebanon-born British fiancee Amal Alamuddin take a taxiboat upon their arrival in Venice on September 26, 2014, on the eve of their wedding. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
George Clooney, left, and his fiancee Amal Alamuddin arrive in Venice, Italy, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Clooney, 53, and Alamuddin, 36, are expected to get married this weekend in Venice, one of the worldís most romantic settings. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
George Clooney (R) and Amal Alamuddin (L), his Lebanon-born British fiancee take a taxiboat upon their arrival in Venice, on September 26, 2014, on the eve of their wedding. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor George Clooney (2ndL) is welcomed upon his arrival with his fiancee Amal Alamuddin (3rdR), at Venice's Cipriani hotel, on September 26, 2014, on the eve of their wedding. The party of the year is happening here: the fresco-adorned Aman hotel on Venice's Grand Canal is feverishly preparing for George Clooney's wedding to Amal Alamuddin, his Lebanon-born British fiancee. Hollywood stars and the world's paparazzi have already begun arriving for the nuptials of the world's most sought-after catch, who will, sources said, celebrate with 136 guests at the exclusive seven-star hotel in the 450-year-old Palazzo Papadopoli. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor George Clooney ( L) and his Lebanon-born British fiancee Amal Alamuddin take a taxiboat upon their arrival in Venice on September 26, 2014, on the eve of their wedding. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
George Clooney (C) and his Lebanon-born British fiancee, Amal Alamuddin (R) holding a bag bearing the logo A&G (Amal and George ) arrive at Venice's Piazzale Roma in Venice on September 26, 2014, on the eve of their wedding. The party of the year is happening here: the fresco-adorned Aman hotel on Venice's Grand Canal is feverishly preparing for George Clooney's wedding to Amal Alamuddin, his Lebanon-born British fiancee. Hollywood stars and the world's paparazzi have already begun arriving for the nuptials of the world's most sought-after catch, who will, sources said, celebrate with 136 guests at the exclusive seven-star hotel in the 450-year-old Palazzo Papadopoli. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor George Clooney ( L) and his Lebanon-born British fiancee Amal Alamuddin take a taxiboat upon their arrival in Venice on September 26, 2014, on the eve of their wedding. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
George Clooney ( L) and Amal Alamuddin, his Lebanon-born British fiancee, on a taxiboat in Venice upon their arrival on September 26, 2014. Heart throb actor George Clooney is to marry his British lawyer fiancee Amal Alamuddin in Venice on September 27. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor George Clooney (R) and his Lebanon-born British fiancee Amal Alamuddin take a taxiboat upon their arrival in Venice on September 26, 2014, on the eve of their wedding. The party of the year is happening here: the fresco-adorned Aman hotel on Venice's Grand Canal is feverishly preparing for George Clooney's wedding to Amal Alamuddin, his Lebanon-born British fiancee. Hollywood stars and the world's paparazzi have already begun arriving for the nuptials of the world's most sought-after catch, who will, sources said, celebrate with 136 guests at the exclusive seven-star hotel in the 450-year-old Palazzo Papadopoli. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
George Clooney and his fiancee Amal Alamuddin arrive in Venice, Italy, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Clooney, 53, and Alamuddin, 36, are expected to get married this weekend in Venice, one of the world's most romantic settings. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)
Anna Wintour arrives in Venice, Italy, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. George Clooney and his fiancee Amal Alamuddin arrived in Venice on Friday for their weekend wedding extravaganza, accompanied by loved ones and trailed by a clutch of photographers who recorded their passage along the picturesque Grand Canal. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber arrive in Venice, Italy, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. George Clooney and his fiancee Amal Alamuddin arrived in Venice on Friday for their weekend wedding extravaganza, accompanied by loved ones and trailed by a clutch of photographers who recorded their passage along the picturesque Grand Canal. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)
George Clooney, third right, his fiancee Amal Alamuddin, Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber cruise past St. Mark's Square as they arrive in Venice, Italy, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Clooney, 53, and Alamuddin, 36, are expected to get married this weekend in Venice, one of the world's most romantic settings. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)
George Clooney stands on a boat upon his arrival in Venice, Italy, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. George Clooney and his fiancee Amal Alamuddin arrived in Venice on Friday for their weekend wedding extravaganza, accompanied by loved ones and trailed by a clutch of photographers who recorded their passage along the picturesque Grand Canal. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
George Clooney, right, and his fiancee Amal Alamuddin arrive in Venice, Italy, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Clooney, 53, and Alamuddin, 36, are expected to get married this weekend in Venice, one of the world's most romantic settings. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)
US actor George Clooney (L) and his Lebanon-born British fiancee Amal Alamuddin take a taxiboat upon their arrival in Venice on September 26, 2014, on the eve of their wedding. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
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"The hacking is terrible because of the damage they did to all those people. Their medical records, that is a horrible thing, their Social Security numbers," he told Deadline. "Then, to turn around and threaten to blow people up and kill people, and just by that threat alone we change what we do for a living, that's the actual definition of terrorism."

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Clooney, along with his agent Bryan Lourd, also tried to take matters into their own hands and attempt to have high-level executives stand behind Sony and the release of The Interview by signing a petition. "We fully support Sony's decision not to submit to these hackers' demands. We know that to give in to these criminals now will open the door for any group that would threaten freedom of expression, privacy and personal liberty," the petition reads. "We hope these hackers are brought to justice but until they are, we will not stand in fear. We will stand together."

However, when he brought the petition forward, not one person would sign it. "I don't know what the answer is, but what happened here is part of a much larger deal," Clooney said. "A huge deal. And people are still talking about dumb emails. Understand what is going on right now, because the world just changed on your watch, and you weren't even paying attention."

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The actor added, "We cannot be told we can't see something by Kim Jong-un, of all f**king people."

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