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Hollywood is stunned by Sony’s decision to pull The Interview from all platforms and filmmakers, screenwriters and actors all agree that this move jeopardizes artistic freedom and First Amendment Rights.
Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin called it a “stunning display of corporate cowardice”, while Alchemist author Paulo Coelho wants to buy the rights to the movie.
He explained his motives in an email to USA Today:
‘’Freedom of information/distribution is important for me. When I posted that tweet, I was conscious that now I am also in the line of fire. But either you stand for your values, or you don’t deserve the freedom you have.”
George Clooney and his agent Bryan Lourd sent out a petition to other studios to support Sony, but no one would sign it.
“This was a dumb comedy. But the truth is, what it now says about us is a whole lot. We have a responsibility to stand up against this.”
— Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho) December 18, 2014