SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A small but enthusiastic movie audience welcomed the controversial political comedy “The Interview” to the silver screen in Springfield Friday afternoon.
The film, which deals with a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was cited by a group calling itself the “Guardians of Peace” as the reason behind their massive cyber attack on Sony Pictures. Several major theater chains said they would not screen the film (which was set to debut on Christmas,) following the hackers’ threats against moviegoers. Sony then cancelled the debut, but amid an outcry over the censoring of the film, some independent theaters have begun showing it.
The Entertainment Cinemas at the Springfield Plaza and the Greenfield Garden Cinemas began showing “The Interview” at 12:30 P.M., with other showtimes in the late afternoon and evening.
Those who purchased first show tickets at the Entertainment Cinemas told 22News that they have specific reasons for seeing “The Interview.”
“Who do they think they are that they can stop us from seeing it?” Jane Remillard of Springfield said. “I didn’t like it at all when Sony stopped it.”
“I believe in our country, I really was upset about Sony, and I think North Korea, I think we’ve got to take a stand to this,” Eileen Ward of East Longmeadow said.
Fans who were anxious to see “The Interview” long before the controversy, feel the political fallout helped peak their interest.
“It’s the concept that’s behind it, I like how it’s a little bit edgy. They weren’t afraid to go against anyone and made a funny movie on a controversial issue,” Emmanuel Alfonso of Ludlow said.
Sony has also reached deals with major cable and satellite providers to release the film through on demand and pay TV services. It was already released through streaming services such as YouTube and Google Play.