Despite extraordinary efforts by suspected North Korean hackers to prevent “The Interview” from ever being released in the United States, the graphic scene in which dictator Kim Jong-un is violently killed has been leaked onto the Internet.
The video began circulating on Monday after it was posted by Defamer, but it was removed. The scene reemerged on Thursday morning and quickly went viral.
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Sony executives and Seth Rogen, one of the stars of “The Interview,” butted heads over the graphic death scene, which is believed to be the root of the Sony hack and terror threats that followed.
Sony Pictures on Wednesday canceled the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen, James Franco comedy "The Interview" amid terrorist threats by a hacking group believed to be connected to North Korea. Sony says it has no plans to release "The Interview."
A handful of theaters across the U.S. plugged in screenings of "Team America," the 2004 puppet film that parodies former North Korea leader Kim Jong Il. However, Paramount stepped in and ordered the theaters to cancel the screenings.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.