Sony reportedly cut Kim Jong-un 'morning after the orgy' scene from The Interview

Up to 10 minutes of footage are said to have been edited out of the movie

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Sony has reportedly cut the "morning after the orgy" scene from The Interview, in an apparent bid to appease North Korea following a cyber attack rumoured to have been carried out by the Hermit Kingdom.

According to the Sunday Times, producers have released what is being referred to by staff as a "redacted version" of the film, based on a plot to assassinate dictator Kim Jong-un. Staff are said to hope that the scenes can be restored for a "director’s cut" on DVD.

Sony initially cancelled the Christmas Day release of the comedy, after major cinema chains refused to screen it. Anonymous hackers had threated to launch a 9/11 style attack on movie theatres that showed the film, which stars Seth Rogen, James Franco and Lizzy Caplan.

However, politicians, legal commentators and Hollywood criticised Sony’s "collapse" in the face of a security threat, while US President Barack Obama said the entertainment company had "made a mistake".

 

The film was eventually released and has become Sony’s biggest film released online after making more than $15 million (£9.6 million) in just four days.

However, up to 10 minutes of footage have reportedly been cut, including a scene in which Kim is depicted waking up in bed with a TV star. The pair then go on to play games together on Sony’s PlayStation network. Other changes include the North Korean military inisngia being obscured.

And North Korea, which has firmly denied involvement in the cyber attack, is still fiercely hostile towards the film. Over the weekend it compared Obama’s behaviour to a monkey.

"Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest," said an unidentified spokesman at the National Defence Commission in a statement reported by the official Korean Central News Agency.

Meanwhile, Rogen, who wrote and directed the film, said in a statement: "I’m so grateful that the movie found its way into theatres, and I’m thrilled that people actually went out and saw it."

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