Jamie Foxx on Sony hack: 'I would not be able to live in America if my emails were hacked'

Foxx was speaking after the recent leak of private emails sent by

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Jamie Foxx has said that the hacking of Sony Entertainment and the leaking of private emails meant that if the same were to happen to him, he would not be able to live in America.

The hackers of Sony, who claim to be the "Guardians of Peace" (GOP), have released emails relating to celebrities such as George ClooneyLeonardo DiCaprioJennifer Lawrence and Channing Tatum.

In many, Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal is apparently critical of a number of high profile actors.

Talking to the Associated Press during the promotion of his new film Annie, Foxx argued that the leaked emails were taken out of context and that it was bad to judge people on the leaked emails.

"If anyone were to hack my email or be in a room with me while I'm telling my jokes...I wouldn't be able to live in America because it's all out of context," the Oscar-winner said, implying that the nature and tone of private correspondences can be misinterpreted.

"For a person who started out as a comedian, the world is really sort of strange and I think that’s a bad road to go down."

In one alleged email exchange between Pascal and film producer Scott Rudin, the pair suggested films that US President Barack Obama might like according to whether or not they were directed by someone black or whether they featured black actors.

Foxx was a stand-up comedian before he got into acting in the early nineties, and he said that the recent news that had come out from the leaks did not make him think anyone was "the worst person".

"You can’t lock down the context of it and I think it's a dangerous thing. I think what we should focus on is the people that are doing the hacking.

"Obviously, as far as our emails are concerned, we have to got to be very careful...So I feel bad for those people who have been hacked."

During the summer, the North Korean regime warned that Sony's release of the film The Interview represented "an act of war" that would lead to "merciless" retaliation against the US.

Although there is no firm evidence to connect North Korea to the hackers, it now seems clear that The Interview provided the GOP with a motive for its cyber-attack on Sony.