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Clooney slams Hollywood for not backing Sony after hacks

George Clooney is miffed with studio heads and Hollywood bigwigs as he tried to get them to sign a petition in support of Sony Pictures following the hack attack on its computers but no one came forward.

world Updated: Dec 20, 2014 09:10 IST

George Clooney says he tried other studio heads and important people in Hollywood to sign a petition to support Sony Pictures following the hack attack on its computers but no one came forward.

Clooney, 53, said the industry is scared but people, including media, should have supported the studio instead of publishing personal emails that the hackers released to them.

“I don’t know what the answer is, but what happened here is part of a much larger deal. A huge deal. And people are still talking about dumb emails. Understand what is going on right now, because the world just changed on your watch, and you weren’t even paying attention,” Clooney said in an interview to the Deadline.

Sony has been in the headlines following the massive hack attack on its computers by a group called Guardians of Peace over their comedy film ‘The Interview’, which revolves around a fictional assassination story of North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un.

The studio was forced to cancel the release of the Seth Rogen and James Franco-starrer film after major cinema chains in the US decided not to screen the movie following threats of violence by the group.

Clooney, whose emails have also cropped up in the leaks, said shutting the film is against freedom of expression.

He advised the movie makers to release the controversial film online.

First Published: Dec 20, 2014 00:52 IST