Huntsman: Yanking 'The Interview' was wrong

Former GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman says it was wrong to yank “The Interview” from theaters, and moviemakers shouldn’t “let anybody stand in the way.”

When asked if it was a good idea for Sony Pictures to drop the controversial flick starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, the former ambassador to China and Singapore told TMZ.com, “I think we kind of do what we do best — and that’s you make a good movie, you say you’re going to deliver it to the people, and you deliver it to the people. You don’t let anybody stand in the way.”


Sony announced Thursday that the comedy about two journalists attempting to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would not be released as planned on Christmas Day. The cancellation followed a massive data breach at Sony and threats by hackers of a Sept. 11-style attack on theaters that screened the movie.

“We’re a society based on freedom and people are going to do and produce whatever they want,” Huntsman said Thursday. “And people might stand in the way, but you’re better off just carrying through with your original plan.”

Asked whether the fallout could “start a war,” Huntsman said with a smile, “I don’t think we’re on the brink of chaos or anything like that.” As he walked away he added, “I think freedom is safe for at least another year.”