“The Interview” is gaining supporters.
In a letter sent on Monday to Sony CEO Michael Lynton, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) offered to screen the film in Capitol facilities. Sherman, also chairman of the Entertainment Industries Caucus, wrote that threats from North Korea should not stop Americans from seeing any movie. “We have a responsibility to stand up against these attempts at intimidation,” he wrote.
“Screening ‘The Interview’ will demonstrate the U.S. Congress’s support of the freedom of speech. This is about our right to live without fear, and knowing that our values will not be compromised by the idle threats of a despotic regime. Good or bad, Americans should not be deprived of the opportunity to see this movie.”
He continued, “It is now the responsibility of the U.S. government to allocate the necessary resources to ensure moviegoers’ safety. We must help Sony Pictures, movie theater owners, and moviegoers regain the confidence to go see ‘The Interview.'”
Revising its stand Sunday, Sony said the decision to pull the Christmas Day release of the movie came only after theater owners declined to show it, and that the company has only delayed the movie’s release.
“Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed,” Sony lawyer David Boies said on Sunday. “How it’s going to be distributed, I don’t think anybody knows quite yet. But it’s going to be distributed.”
Congressman Sherman is not alone in supporting “The Interview.”
“Game of Thrones” writer George R.R. Martin has written on his personal blog about the outrage he felt after exhibitors declined to show the movie, and offered his own theater, the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, New Mexico, should Sony release it.
“There are thousands of small independent theaters across the country, like my own, that would gladly screen ‘The Interview,’ regardless of the threats from North Korea,” Martin wrote. “It astonishes me that a major Hollywood film could be killed before release by threats from a foreign power and anonymous hackers.”