Seth Rogen at Los Angeles screening of ‘The Interview’: ‘We thought this might never happen’

The film's star, co-writer and co-director attended a showing of the controversial film

Seth Rogen attended a screening of his controversial movie ‘The Interview’ at a cinema in Los Angeles in the early hours of Christmas Day.

Speaking to the crowd at the independent Cinefamily, the film’s star, co-writer and co-director thanked the sold-out audience, saying: “Thank you so fucking much for coming. We thought this might not happen at all.”

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Rogen was joined by co-director and writer Evan Goldberg. “We just really want to say ‘thank you.’ If it wasn’t for theatres like this and for people like you guys, this literally would not be fucking happening right now. So thank you,” continued Rogen. Click below to watch fan-shot footage of Rogen and Goldberg’s address to the cheering cinema crowd.

The film’s release was originally pulled after Sony Pictures was hacked and terror threats were issued in the event that it were screened as planned. The movie follows two American journalists recruited to kill Kim Jong-Un, the leader of North Korea.

There was some disagreement with Sony’s decision to pull the release, most notably from President Barack Obama, who called the move a “mistake”. A statement following the news that the movie would be screened at independent cinemas saw Obama “welcome” the change in plans.

As reported by BBC News, it said: “As the president made clear, we are a country that believes in free speech, and the right of artistic expression. The decision made by Sony and participating theatres allows people to make their own choices about the film, and we welcome that outcome.”

Hundreds of independent cinemas in the US came forward to show their willingness to screen the film, despite the threats to attack any cinema showing it. As of Christmas Day, the film is also available to watch online, via a dedicated website and YouTube and Google Play, and Microsoft’s Xbox Video platform. It is currently only available in America for the time being.