Dec. 19 - British actor Benedict Cumberbatch calls the Sony cyber attack ''worrying'' and ''tragic'', as Hollywood reacts with anger and disbelief to studio's shelving of 'The Interview'. Edward Baran reports.
It's the big budget comedy binned by its studio. Now Sony Pictures faces a backlash of criticsm for shelving "The Interview" after pressure from hackers who leaked internal emails and movie content. In Hollywood, Twitter erupted with anger and disbelief at the capitulation to the cyberhackers. British actor Benedict Cumberbatch added his voice to growing chorus of concern. SOUNDBITE: Benedict Cumberbatch, actor, saying (English): "It's worrying of course it's worrying...to see people inhibited by fear of terror as a means of silencing voices, even if they are of dissent or satire, I mean you know it's tragic." "The Interview" had angered North Korea for its mockery of Kim Jong-Un, the country's leader. US government sources said the attack was state sponsered and the North Korean government was involved. Cybersecurity expert Kevin Mitnick, himself a noted hacker, said Sony shouldn't have caved in. SOUNDBITE: Kevin Mitnick, cyber security expert, saying (English): "Because Sony bowed down to these bad guys and yanked "The Interview" from every theatre in the world, demonstrates that hackers have the ability to control companies and maybe even governments. I think it was an extremely bad idea for Sony to do it." Leaked e-mails purportedly from Sony Pictures exectutives say the film is 'desperately unfunny' and would have flopped overseas had it not been cancelled. Either way, moviegoers will not be seeing it at the local multiplex anytime soon.