Jessica Chastain on Sony Hacking: ‘It’s Not OK to Steal Anyone’s Work’

A Most Violent Year Chastain Isaac
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At Sunday night’s New York premiere of the drama “A Most Violent Year,” Jessica Chastain addressed the Sony hacking last week that compromised the personal information of 47,000 people and led to the leak of five films, including “Fury” and “Annie.”

“I think piracy is an issue that has been in the industry for a long time,” Chastain said. “I think it’s not OK to steal anyone’s work. And the Internet is such a new thing for us. Of course, we are all coming together to find stricter ways of policing that.”

“A Most Violent Year,” which will be released later this year by A24, shot to top of the awards season chatter recently after it nabbed three high profile prizes from the National Board of Review: best picture, best actor (Oscar Isaac) and best supporting actress (Chastain).

Chastain said she was approached by director J.C. Chandor about her role — as the wife of a potentially shady oil merchant — at the Cannes premiere of his previous film “All is Lost.” “He said, ‘I’ve got this film, would you be interested?’” Chastain recalled. “I knew for sure I wanted to work with him. He’s a person that’s very collaborative.”

Added Isaac: “He’s got such an expansive mind. He won’t shut up — he’s wall-to-wall talking. He’s so excited. But when it comes to shooting, he’s laser-focused. It’s like all that energy up in the air really solidifies.”

Isaac is preparing to play the villain Apocalypse in the next “X-Men,” a role that he landed without an audition. “I’m a big comic-book fan,” Isaac said. “ I always loved comics when I was young. I would cast them with actors if they would ever make movies about them. And so the fact that I now get to be in them is wild.”

The after-party was at the Armani Ristorante, with guests Ang Lee, Zachary Quinto, Oren Moverman, David Chase, Participant Media’s Jim Berk and MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell.

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  1. Brad says:

    She’s a wonderful actress. Love HER!

  2. Chuck Z. says:

    I would never steal anything in a million years, but it’s absolutely okay to download a pirated movie. When I was in my twenties, two screenplays I wrote were plagiarized from me, by other writers, and made into (successful) movies. My thought is: why is ok for Hollywood to steal my intellectual property, but I can’t steal theirs? Shouldn’t stealing intellectual property be a two-way street? Why is it okay for Hollywood to steal my material, but I can’t steal theirs? And: I am utterly serious.

  3. Execute theses entertainers..
    The work must be done for free..
    Humanity must suffer for it’s transgressions!

    Death to America and Death to all who oppose us!

  4. James says:

    it’s not ok to keep already produced movies and TV shows away from your public who wish to watch them
    it’s not ok to pay ridiculous amounts of the money we work for to live on an inferior product
    it’s not ok to talk about policing the internet
    It’s not ok for an actress who has been only really sort of known for up to about 3 years to make comments like this that hurt her public reputation

  5. Andy says:

    This is part of her Oscar campaign. Next week she will whine about how poor and miserable she was, just to make people feel sorry for her.

  6. Emilio Naharana says:

    You want to talk about stealing? How about paying $14.50 to see a movie.

  7. Jim says:

    Great chest!

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