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James Franco reflects on Sony scandal

Published 04/09/2015

James Franco
James Franco

James Franco sees his many career pursuits as connected.

At the end of last year, Hollywood was brought to its knees ahead of the release of controversial film The Interview, about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

A group of computer hackers known as the Guardians of Peace were vehemently against the movie and broke into Sony's emails, publishing private conversations and the salaries of Hollywood's most famous names in a bid to stop its release. In the end it was shown, and Sony co-chairman Amy lost her job.

"I think it’s a shame. I mean everybody was surprised and hopefully, when something like this happens again, we’ll learn from it. In the end it was a real shame that Amy Pascal had to step down because she was an incredible studio head, and I don’t think she should take the blame for, you know, what happened," James told British newspaper The Independent.

He's previously spoken about how he and co-star Seth Rogen also don't shoulder the blame.

It's not just The Interview that causes a divide of opinion about 37-year-old James. Many don't know what to make of the Oscar-nominated actor, who also adds author, student, teacher, artist, director and producer to his résumé.

"People like to split it up and make me seem like I’m schizophrenic or something. I see everything as connected and the guiding force behind all of it is my interest in all these different things and my pursuit of new forms of creativity. So the producing, writing or directing are just alternative outlets," he sighed.

With this in mind, it stands to reason that the best piece of advice he gives people is seize the day.

“One of the things that I tell people is, ‘Go and do it.' Don’t wait for the gatekeepers to say, 'OK'. Don’t wait around, because we can now take advantage of the technology," he said.

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