Benedict Cumberbatch brands Sony's response to cyber attacks a tragedy for artistic freedom

The British actor seemingly condemned the axing of assassination movie The Interview following several security scares from hackers

Jack Simpson
Friday 19 December 2014 13:01
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Benedict Cumberbatch arrives for the The Imitation Game Los Angeles Special Screening, hosted By Chanel at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles, California, on 10 November, 2014
Benedict Cumberbatch arrives for the The Imitation Game Los Angeles Special Screening, hosted By Chanel at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles, California, on 10 November, 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch has called Sony Pictures' response to the recent cyber attacks “worrying”, after the studio decided to pull the plug on the film’s Christmas release amid security fears.

The British actor said that it was “tragic” that in a culture that prides itself on freedom of expression that attacks like the one on Sony could contribute to the silencing of “dissenting” or “satirical” voices.

On Wednesday, Sony decided to pull the plug on The Interview’s initial release date, saying that it would not be shown on any platform.

In a statement by the studio, Sony said that following the decision by the majority of exhibitors not to show the film, they decided “not to move forward” with the planned 25 December theatrical release.

The cyber attacks on Sony began on 24 November, when a group of hackers calling themselves The Guardians of Peace announced that they had “obtained all of the company’s internal data” and would be releasing some of the company’s “top secrets”.

Since then, the Guardians of Peace have release a number of personal correspondences and confidential information that has embarrassed Sony's top executives, as well as a host of high-profile Hollywood names.

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