The Interview is not alone: Here are Hollywood's most controversial films ever

  • Jyoti Sharma Bawa, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 25, 2014 12:39 IST

After days of now it is releasing, now it is not and now it is, The Interview will finally hit the theatres on Christmas. This Seth Rogen, James Franco film joins the list of highly controversial films which Hollywood has produced. Here's looking at films which led to protests, riots and attacks.

Birth of Nation (1915)

A groundbreaking film for its technical advances, the film was a vehicle for Klu Klux Klan for propagating its agenda. The film showed blacks as unintelligible monsters and whites as heros who drive them away. Riots broke out after the film was screened and it was banned in many cities. The film also led to a rise in Klan membership.

The Great Dictator (1940)

Charlie Chaplin took on Adolf Hitler in this film which went on to become a classic. Released before America entered the World War II, it caused a lot of concern in Europe. Upon its release, the film was banned in many parts of Europe.

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

In this Martin Scorsese's interpretation of the film, Christ was seen consummating his marriage to Mary Magdalene. The films aim was to show the human side of Christ. While many theatre chains refused to screen the film, protests were held by fundamentalist Christian groups. Things came to a head when a theatre was firebombed in Paris, injuring 13. In other cases, activists clubbed moviegoers and ttacked them with teargas.

Team America: World Police (2004)

This film depicted North Korean leader Kim Jong il as the main villain who is intent on world destruction. He is finally revealed to be an alien cockroach who is targeted by an American anti-terror force with rather unconventional methods. This 2004 action comedy was performed by puppets and was also in the crosshairs for graphic scenes of marionette sex. However, the film's release went on without any controversy.

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

Director Mel Gibson's take on Jesus was supported widely by Christians but was widely considered to be anti-Semitic in nature. Certain groups demonstrated against the film but it went on to become a blockbuster, arguably because of promotional assistance from evangelical groups.

The Da Vinci Code (2006)

The controversies that plagued Dan Brown's book did not leave Ron Howard's film alone either. Catholic Church groups demanded that a disclaimer be put before the film that it was a work of fiction. When Howard refused to oblige, he was threatened with legal action.

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