Entertainment Weekly have reported that the editors who made the final cut on Sony’s The Interview claim there is absolutely no censorship on the final release of the Seth Rogen and James Franco movie.
Editors Zene Baker and Evan Henke have spoken out against claims which suggested the editors were forced to censor particular scenes in order for the film to adhere to its Christmas release. This was despite the fact there were a few alterations, including dropping a gay-orgy which Baker told CineMontage “never existed other than in the draft of the script that got leaked.”
Kim-Jung Un’s graphic death scene was also edited so it less resembled the Raiders of the Lost Ark face melting scene. Henke and Baker have stated that these changes were all made as creative choices and had nothing to do with fears of antagonizing political situations. Baker also stated they were never told “we need to scale this back”.
Regardless of whether any censorship was involved it is fair to say The Interview was an unbridled success despite the ups and downs it experienced throughout the peak of the Sony hacking scandal. Sony declared it their most succesful online release, bringing in $31 million in streaming revenue as well as a cool $5 million through independent cinema screenings across America.
The Interview sees Rogen and Franco joined in the cast by Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Randall Park (Sex Tape), Timothy Simons (Veep) and Charles Rahi Chun (Scrubs).