George Clooney slams lack of support for Sony
- Bang Showbiz
- 19 December 2014
George Clooney tried to unite Hollywood in support of Sony Pictures, but no executives agreed to sign his petition
George Clooney failed in a bid to unite Hollywood against the Sony hackers.
The 'Monuments Men' star and his agent Bryan Lourd drafted a petition to film industry executives and business people urging them to support the studio in the face of a cyber attack but no one would sign the document.
George said: "All that it is basically saying is, we're not going to give in to a ransom. As we watched one group be completely vilified, nobody stood up. Nobody took that stand...
"It was a fairly large number [who refused to sign]. Having put together telethons where you have to get all the networks on board to do the telethon at the same time, the truth is once you get one or two, then everybody gets on board. It is a natural progression. So here, you get the first couple of people to sign it and ... well, nobody wanted to be the first to sign on. Now, this isn't finger-pointing on that.
"This is just where we are right now, how scared this industry has been made. Quite honestly, this would happen in any industry."
Following a number of terror threats, Sony have withdrawn controversial comedy 'The Interview' - which is about an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un - from release and George is concerned about the repercussions globally, not just in the movie industry.
In an interview with Deadline, he added: "Here, we're talking about an actual country deciding what content we're going to have. This affects not just movies, this affects every part of business that we have.
"That's the truth. What happens if a newsroom decides to go with a story, and a country or an individual or corporation decides they don't like it. Forget the hacking part of it.
"You have someone threaten to blow up buildings and all of a sudden, everybody has to bow down."