The Interview: Rob Lowe says Sony cancelling Kim Jong-Un assassination film is like Europe giving in to Hitler

Actor says 'Hollywood has done Neville Chamberlain proud'

Sony’s decision to cancel the release of “The Interview” because of a security threat from hackers is like Europe giving in to Hitler, according to the actor Rob Lowe.

The Parks and Recreation and West Wing star said he had spoken to Seth Rogen, who stars alongside James Franco in the controversial film that has been targeted – possibly by the North Korean government itself.

“The Interview” revolves around a plot to kill the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and having starred in Nelson McCormick’s “Killing Kennedy”, Lowe is no stranger to assassination-themed films.

Referring to the British Prime Minister’s much-criticised policy of appeasement in the build-up to the Second World War, Lowe tweeted: “Saw Seth Rogen at JFK. Both of us have never seen or heard of anything like this. Hollywood has done Neville Chamberlain proud today.”

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A still from The Interview, showing Randall Park as Kim Jong-Un (AP)

He also shared the thoughts of former Republican politician Newt Gingrich, who described the threat to Sony as “an act of war”.

Lowe is the latest Hollywood star to express outrage at the decision not to show The Interview, taken by initially by a number of cinemas on security grounds and later made official by Sony itself.

Judd Apatow, who has directed both Seth Rogen and James Franco in some of their most famous films, tweeted: “I think it is disgraceful that these theatres are not showing The Interview. Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now?”

Aaron Sorkin, the screenwriter and producer, told the LA Times: “Today the US succumbed to an unprecedented attack on our most cherished bedrock principle.”

US intelligence officials have reportedly now waded into the speculation surrounding the source of the threat to The Interview and the wider cyber-attack on Sony Pictures. CNN’s justice reporter Patrick Cornell claimed the FBI would announce on Thursday that it had found “hackers working for North Korea were behind the Sony attack”.

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